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Can Acupuncture Alleviate Menstrual Cramps?

Acupuncture and Alleviate Menstrual Cramps

Acupuncture has been found to help with many ailments. But did you know it can also help you when you're having menstrual cramps?


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy where a licensed practitioner uses special needles to stimulate specific areas in the body to promote better health and help alleviate maladies. Researchers found evidence that acupuncture can alleviate pain, but there are many studies that show acupuncture does alleviate many conditions, like addiction, some gastrointestinal conditions, and more.

Doctors have also found that acupuncture therapy can help alleviate dysmenorrhea, or menstrual cramps, which affects about 75 percent of teen females and up to 50 percent of adult women. Researchers found that there may be evidence that acupuncture can help with pain associated with menstrual cramping, but further extensive studies are needed to make any real conclusions. They did conclude that using acupuncture to treat menstrual cramps doesn't seem to have any adverse side effects, whereas pharmaceuticals for menstrual cramps hold many adverse effects.

According to Brazilian acupuncture practitioner, Dr. Hong Jin Pai, acupuncture can alleviate menstrual cramps by boosting levels of nitric oxide, which helps relax the responsible muscles. It also helps release endorphins and other pain-combating neurotransmitters.

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If you've been experiencing menstrual cramps, try an acupuncture session before you take medications with potentially troublesome side effects. If you're worried about the cost, try to find free or discount acupuncture promotions. For example, if you live in Steamboat Springs, they're offering free acupuncture sessions this week.

You can also see a Chinese herbal practitioner to help with your menstrual cramps. Researchers found that ancient herbal formulas specified by trained practitioners can alleviate menstrual cramp pain significantly. Chinese herbs often are holistically healthy for your body and don't often have serious harmful side effects or have less side effects than pharmaceuticals.

If you want natural pain relief you can pick up at the grocery store, go for tart cherry juice. It's been found to significantly reduce muscle pain, and may also help with menstrual cramping. Experts actually compare its effectiveness to 800 milligrams of ibuprofen.

Don't suffer with menstrual cramps every month, try acupuncture. You can also try Chinese herbal medicine and drink tart cherry juice. Try these natural alternatives before resorting to pharmaceuticals, which can have bad side effects.