PMT, or pre-menstrual tension, is painful cramps originating in the uterus just prior to or during menstruation.
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Adolescent girls are more likely than older women to have primary PMT because the condition can get better with age.
Conventional treatment is aimed at relieving pain and includes NSAIDs, the oral contraceptive pill, depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate.
Recent systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) found that acupuncture is effective for PMT, providing significantly more pain relief than pharmacological treatments.
Acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of dysmenorrhoea by:
- regulating neuroendocrine activities and the related receptor expression of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary axis
- increasing nitric oxide levels
- increasing relaxation and reducing tension
- stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins
- reducing inflammation
Acupuncture is a tried and tested system which has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years. It can restore, promote and maintain good health. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged all over the world. In the past decade acupuncture has begun to feature more prominently in mainstream healthcare.
Acupuncture works on different pathways
The pathways which acupuncture uses are myriad, and in any 1 person or medical condition the pathways will be different. So we urge people to try treatment at least 6 times for their condition before evaluating. The outcomes for different conditions and different people makes it impossible to predict how any one person will respond.
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