Auriculotherapy can add benefit to PMS treatment

Auriculotherapy can be used as adjunctive therapy to reduce physical and mood symptoms in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In a Brazilian study, 91 women with PMS were randomly assigned to auriculotherapy (AG), placebo (PG) or waiting list control (CG) groups during an eight-week intervention, with treatment delivered once per week. In the AG, at each session semi-permanent microneedles were placed at seven auricular points related to PMS symptoms (Anxiety, Endocrine, Muscle Relaxation, Analgesia, Kidney, Shen Men and Sympathetic). In the PG, microneedles were placed at seven auricular points unrelated to PMS symptoms (Tonsils, Vocal Cords, Teeth, Eyes, Allergy, Mouth, and External Nose). Both AG and PG groups showed improvement in PMS symptom, without a statistically significant difference between the groups. Both the AG and PG additionally showed significantly lower scores for musculoskeletal pain and anxiety. At one-month follow-up, however, PMS symptom severity showed significant improvement only in the PG.

Effects of Auriculotherapy on treatment of women with premenstrual syndrome symptoms: A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Complement Ther Med. 2022 Jun;66:102816.