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Is there a role for acupuncture in endometriosispa in, or ‘endometrialgia’?
'The descending pain inhibition is activated by acupuncture or moxibustion (heat stimulation).'
Lundeberg T. & Lund I. (2008) Is there a role for acupuncture in endometriosis
pain, or ‘endometrialgia’? Acupuncture In Medicine 2008;26(2):94-
'Two case reports describing the impact of a course of acupuncture on adolescent girls with endometriosis related chronic pelvic pain of more than one year. Both patients, undergoing between 9 and 15 treatments over a 7 to 12 week period, experienced modest improvement in pain, as well as self or family reported improvement in headaches, nausea and fatigue. No adverse effects were reported. The authors conclude that acupuncture may be an acceptable and safe adjunctive therapy for some adolescents with endometriosis related pelvic pain refractory to standard endometriosis treatments.'
Highfield ES, Laufer MR, Schnyer RN, Kerr CE, Thomas P, Wayne PM. (2006) Adolescent endometriosis-
Controlled study on Shu-
METHODS: Ninety cases were randomly divided into a Shu-
RESULTS: The total effective rate was similar in the three groups. The Shu-
Management of Adolescent Chronic Pelvic Pain from Endometriosis: A Pain Center Perspective
'A retrospective study of pediatric patients at our pain treatment service showed that adolescents with endometriosis frequently used acupuncture and 70% of patients and 59% of parents felt that acupuncture helped their symptoms.'
Conclusions: An individualized, multidisciplinary approach may be effective in improving overall outcome in patients with chronic pelvic pain in reducing pain and normalizing function.'
Greco C. D. (2003) Management of Adolescent Chronic Pelvic Pain from Endometriosis: A Pain Center Perspective 2003 North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. doi:10.1016/S1083-
Conclusion: Preliminary estimates indicate that Japanese-
Procedure. Diagnostic elements of the protocol included patient interviews, palpation of radial pulses and the abdomen, and measures of electrical resistance at acupuncture points located at the tips of the fingers and toes (Jing-
Wayne P.M. et al. (2008) Japanese-
(2017) Effects of acupuncture for the treatment of endometriosis-
‘Conclusions: Few randomised, blinded clinical trials have addressed the efficacy of acupuncture in treating endometriosis-
Yang Xu, Wenli Zhao, et al. (2017) Effects of acupuncture for the treatment of endometriosis-
Psychotherapy With Somatosensory Stimulation for Endometriosis-
‘Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether psychotherapy with somatosensory stimulation is effective for the treatment of pain and quality of life in patients with endometriosis-
METHODS: Patients with a history of endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain were randomized to either psychotherapy with somatosensory stimulation (ie, different techniques of acupuncture point stimulation) or wait-
RESULTS: From March 2010 through March 2012, 67 women (mean age 35.6 years) were randomly allocated to intervention (n=35) or wait-
CONCLUSION: Psychotherapy with somatosensory stimulation reduced global pain, pelvic pain, and dyschezia and improved quality of life in patients with endometriosis. After 6 and 24 months, when all patients were treated, both groups showed stable improvements.’
‘Specific detail of method. A typical treatment session took 30–60 minutes. The topics of a single session arose from the current wishes and needs of a patient. The therapist started by asking the patient to report present worries and accompanying bodily sensations (eg, feelings of pressure, tension or pain in certain body areas). The therapist then used somatosensory stimulation in combination with psychotherapeutic techniques to resolve the current symptoms. For example, if a patient reported acute tension or pain in the lower abdomen while remembering a shameful situation in childhood, the therapist asked the patients for her inner needs while visualizing this situation and at the same time stimulated the acupuncture point CV3 (approximately 1.5 cm above the symphysis) by moxibustion. This typically induced immediate feelings of warmth in the lower abdomen and often led to spontaneous symptom relief. The strategy for somatosensory stimulation followed the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to balance for “yin” and “yang.” The goal of each session was to render the patient into a stable and relaxed state free of pain and negative emotions by resolving intrusive memories of adverse life experiences (eg, death of a close relative or friend, sexual abuse, domestic violence). Psychotherapy was terminated when patients felt sufficient pain relief, had a baby, or when they wished to finish treatment as a result of nonresponse or long distance.
Meissner K, Schweizer-
Acupuncture for pain in endometriosis (Cochrane Review)
' only one trial, enrolling 67 participants, met all the inclusion criteria. The single included trial defined pain scores and cure rates according to the Guideline for Clinical Research on New Chinese Medicine. Dysmenorrhoea scores were lower in the acupuncture group (mean difference -
Zhu X, Hamilton KD, McNicol ED (2011) Acupuncture for pain in endometriosis (Review) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD007864. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007864.pub2.
Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis? A randomised controlled cross-
'Conclusion: Acupuncture treatment on specific acupuncture points appears to be an effective pain treatment for endometriosis, but this has to be confirmed in further study.'
Discussion: The result of the study showed a statistically significant reduction of pain in the verum group as well as an improved quality of life.
Also, While in the run-
Treatment group, according to TCM criteria Bl 32 – ciliao, St 29 – guidai , St 36 – zusanli , Ren 3 – zhongji , Sp 6 – sanyinjiao, as a basic treatment and on a maximum of three variable points according to their individual conditions. Li 3 – taichong , Li 8 – ququan, Sp 9 – yinlingquan , Sp 10 – xuehai, Ki 10 – yingu.
Article reviewed further.
Electrodermal Measures of Jing-
'Conclusions: Electrodermal measures may be significantly associated with clinical outcome and acupuncture treatments in adolescent women with chronic pelvic pain.'
Ahn A.C. et al. (2009) Electrodermal Measures of Jing-