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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


A study of electroacupuncture treatment in patients of primary dysmenorrhea


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Author Details : Naushi Mujeeb, Berendra Yadava, Ezmat Jalil, Usha Singhal

Volume : 3, Issue : 4, Year : 2016

Article Page : 464-466


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Abstract

Background: Dysmenorrhea is a very common problem in females which causes considerable physical as well as psychological distress to them. Pharmacological treatments available for dysmenorrhea are often not effective or associated with adverse effects. Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative free from side effects.
Aims and Objective: the purpose of this study was to determine whether acupuncture is effective in reducing intensity and duration of pain in patients of primary dysmenorrhea.
Material and Methods: Hundred patients of primary dysmenorrhea between the age group of 14-45 years were taken for the study. Pain was assessed using Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) before treatment, after each sitting and after completion of treatment as well as after 3 months follow up. Data was analyzed using a standard statistical test.
Results: Significant reduction in pain intensity was seen after treatment (p<.001) which was maintained after 3 months follow up.
Conclusion: This study showed that acupuncture is effective in treatment of patients with primary dysmenorrhea. More powerful studies with larger number of subjects should be done for confirming the role of acupuncture treatment in dysmenorrhea.

Keywords:
Dysmenorrhea, Electroacupuncture, VAS

How to cite : Mujeeb N, Yadava B, Jalil E, Singhal U, A study of electroacupuncture treatment in patients of primary dysmenorrhea. Indian J Clin Anat Physiol 2016;3(4):464-466

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