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Acupuncture is more efficacious than NSAIDs in reducing primary dysmenorrhoea, concludes a network meta analysis (NMA) of 17 randomised controlled trials carried out by Chinese authors. Multiple types of acupuncture t showed better efficacy than NSAIDs in reducing primary dysmenorrhoea, including traditional acupuncture, wrist-ankle acupuncture, superficial acupuncture, moxibustion, electroacupuncture, ear acupuncture and abdominal acupuncture.

Comparative efficacy and safety of NSAIDs-controlled acupuncture in the treatment of patients with primary dysmenorrhoea: a Bayesian network meta-analysis. J Int Med Res. 2018 Nov 30:300060518800609.

          

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