Acupuncture appears effective in treating dysmenorrhea associated with endometriosis. - GreenMedInfo Summary
[Clinical observation on acupuncture combined with acupoint sticking therapy for treatment of dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis].
N Z Med J. 2003 Jan 24;116(1168):U295. Epub 2003 Jan 24. PMID: 20886791
Department of Acupuncuture and Moxibustion, Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 200437, China.
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical therapeutic effect of acupuncture combined with acupoint sticking therapy for treatment of dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis, and to probe into the best therapy for this kind of disease.
METHODS: Seventy-three cases of dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis were randomly divided into an acupuncture combined with acupoint sticking therapy group (observation group) and a medication group (control group). The observation group (36 cases) was treated with acupuncture combined with acupoint sticking therapy, Zhongji (CV 3), Guanyuan (CV 4), Zigong (EX-CA 1) etc. were selected; the control group (37 cases) was treated with oral administration of Jiawei Mojie tablet. The clinical effects, pain scores, onset time of producing analgesic and duration of both groups were observed before and after treatment.
RESULTS: The short term total effective rate of 91.2% (31/34) in observation group was better than that of 83.3% (30/36) in control group (P<0.05); the long term total effective rates were 97.1% (33/34) and 69.4% (25/36) in observation group and control group respectively, with significant difference between two groups (P<0. 05). The pain scores of both groups were decreased after treatment, and the improvement degree was more significant in observation group (P<0. 01); the onset time in observation group was shorter than that in control group (P<0. 05), the duration of effect in observation group was longer, and with a stable effect.
CONCLUSION: The therapeutic effect of acupuncture combined with acupoint sticking therapy is very significant for dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis, and it is a good therapy for this kind of disease.