February 8, 2019
Acupuncture and herbs outperform ibuprofen for menstrual pain relief. Jiangxi Maternal Health Hospital researchers conducted a controlled clinical trial comparing the effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine versus ibuprofen for the relief of menstrual related abdominal and lumbosacral pain. Acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine produced a 91.7% total effective rate. Herbal medicine monotherapy produced an 86.7% total effective rate. Ibuprofen monotherapy produced a 73.3% total effective rate. The findings indicate that acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine is more effective than ibuprofen for the relief of dysmenorrhea. 
A total of 180 women were recruited for the study and were randomly assigned to the combined acupuncture and herbs treatment group, herbal monotherapy control group 1, or ibuprofen monotherapy control group 2. The treatment group was comprised of 60 women, ages 17–28 years (mean age 20.1 years), with a mean dysmenorrhea duration of 3.7 years. Control group 1 was comprised of 60 women, ages 16–30 years (mean age 19.3 years), with a mean dysmenorrhea duration of 3.3 years. Control group 2 was comprised 60 of women, ages 15–31 years (mean age 21.1 years), with a mean dysmenorrhea duration of 4.2 years. There were no statistically significant differences between the three groups prior to the beginning of the investigation’s treatment protocol implementations (p>0.05).
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