Acupuncture & PMS – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

Acupuncture & PMS

Posted: 22 Jan, 2012

Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast – Women’s Health Acupuncture


Using acupuncture to treat premenstrual syndrome.

Habek D, Habek JC, Barbir A.


The study included two groups of women, 60% of the women in each group suffered from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) with symptoms, such as anxiety, mastalgia, insomnia, nausea and gastrointestinal disorders. The remaining percentage of women suffered from phobic disorders, premenstrual headaches and migraines.

Three women from the first group and seven women from the second group continued the medication treatment with Progestins, whereas one woman from the first group and nine women from the second group continued to take Fluoxetine (an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)

In the first group, nine women stopped having PMS symptoms after two Acupuncture treatments, eight women stopped having them after three treatments and one woman stopped having them after four treatments. Four women from the first group and 16 women from the second group, PMS symptoms appeared during the following period (cycle) or continued even after four treatments, so the medication was continued.

The statistical data clearly showed a relevant reduction in PMS symptoms with the Acupuncture treatments in the first group (P0.05). The success rate of Acupuncture in treating PMS symptoms was 77.8%, whereas it was 5.9%. in the placebo group.

The study suggested and concluded the positive influence of Acupuncture in treating PMS symptoms can be ascribed to its effects on the serotoninergic and opioidergic neurotransmission that modulates various psychosomatic functions. The initial positive results of PMS symptoms with a holistic approach are encouraging and Acupuncture should be suggested to the patients as a method of treatment.


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