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Korean authors report that acupuncture can effectively reduce menstrual pain. Their systematic review of women with primary dysmenorrhea included 60 RCTs (3171 patients), of which 49 were subjected to meta-analysis. These RCTs compared acupuncture to no treatment, placebo, or medications. They found that, compared with no treatment, manual acupuncture (MA) and electro-acupuncture (EA) were more effective at reducing menstrual pain. Compared with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), MA and warm acupuncture (WA) were more effective at reducing menstrual pain. The efficacy of acupuncture was found to be maintained during short-term follow-up.

The efficacy and safety of acupuncture in women with primary dysmenorrhea: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jun;97(23):e11007.


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