Indian clinicians have found acupuncture to be effective for the management of dysmenorrhoea. Sixty females were randomly assigned to either an acupuncture group or a no-treatment control group. The acupuncture group received 20 minutes of acupuncture for 15 days per month, for a period of 90 days. Needling was performed at 12 points; Taixi KID-3, Diji SP-8, Tianshu ST-25, Guilai ST-29, Qichong ST-30, Zusanli ST-36, Guanyuan REN-4, Qihai REN-6, Shenmai BL-62, Shenmen HE-7, Hegu L.I.-4 and Neiguan P-6. A significant reduction was observed in all measured outcomes (pain, menstrual cramps, headache, dizziness, diarrhoea, fainting, mood changes, tiredness, nausea and vomiting) in the study group compared with the control group.
Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Management of Primary Dysmenorrhoea: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2018 Apr 11. pii: S2005-2901(17)30206-6.