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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that current evidence supports acupuncture as a treatment for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy.

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Acupuncture is as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for patients with dysmenorrhoea, Turkish researchers report.

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Non-invasive electro-acupuncture stimulation applied at Hegu L.I.-4 and Sanyinjiao SP-6 can significantly reduce the pain of dysmenorrhoea

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The UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published an opinion paper that supports the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain (CPP) in women.

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American researchers have found preliminary evidence that acupuncture may be able to help relieve non-cyclic breast pain.

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UK researchers have carried out a pilot study to test the feasibility of a novel trial methodology enabling the investigation of individualised decoctions of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), while gathering preliminary data on their effects in patients with endometriosis.

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Researchers from Iran suggest that acupressure at Sanyinjiao SP-6 could be a cost-effective intervention for improving primary dysmenorrhoea.

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An Australian team has found that although acupuncture improved menstrual mood symptoms in women with primary dysmenorrhoea, the trend in the improvement of symptoms during the active phase of treatment and at six and twelve months was non-significant

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A supplement containing a mix of essential fatty acids has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), by a Brazilian team.

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Austrian researchers have examined whether acupuncture is an effective additional pain treatment for endometriosis. In a cross-over design, 101 women were randomised into two groups, each receiving two units of 10 acupuncture...

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