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Acupressure is effective for decreasing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Iranian researchers have found. In a randomised clinical trial, 97 participants with PMS were allocated to three groups to receive 20 minutes of acupressure, for 14 days before menstruation during three consecutive menstrual cycles. One group received acupressure at Taichong LIV-3, the second at Hegu L.I.-4 and the third at a placebo point. By the second and third cycles, the number of people with moderate to severe PMS had decreased in both acupressure groups compared with the placebo group. Depression, anxiety and general health scores were also found to have significantly improved in the acupressure groups by the second and third cycles compared with the placebo group. There were no significant differences between the two acupressure groups for any outcomes, suggesting that acupressure at Taichong LIV-3 and Hegu L.I.-4 are equally effective for treating PMS symptoms.

The effect of applying pressure to the LIV3 and LI4 on the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome: A randomized clinical trial. Complement Ther Med. 2017 Apr;31:65-70.


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