Acupressure and painful periods: how does it work?

For some menstruating people, menstruation has its own set of symptoms and disorders: nausea, stomach aches, cramps, migraines. Certain acupressure points can help relieve painful periods. Between 50 and 90% of women suffer from dysmenorrhea and regularly take painkillers. How to reduce period pain naturally?

What is acupressure for painful periods?

Acupressure also called acupressure or digitopuncture is a technique that resembles acupuncture without needles. Acupressure consists of massaging certain areas of the body by applying pressure, a good way to relieve painful periods.

Like acupuncture, acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that has been around for over two thousand years. It can treat a lot of ailments, not only menstrual pain.

Is it an effective method to treat painful periods?

Researchers from the Medical University of Berlin have published a study which shows that acupressure can be used at home and has good results for health and menstrual pain.

To prove that this method really works, the researchers divided women aged 18 to 34 into two groups. One group received advice, techniques and instructions on how to properly practice acupressure, while the other group received conventional treatment.

After only three months of acupressure practice, it is estimated that 37% of the women had a decrease in their menstrual pain (by half). Six months later, 60% of the women observed that their menstruation was significantly less painful, while only 25% of those taking conventional treatment saw a decrease in pain.

As shown in the study cited above, acupressure is a particularly effective method for reducing period pain. It relies on acupressure points to relieve painful periods. By pressing on the acupressure points, it will stimulate the energy flow in the body.

What are the acupressure points to limit painful periods?

There are several acupressure points to reduce pain related to menstrual flow.

  • The Taichong point is located above the foot, more precisely two fingers below the big toe. You have three solutions to work on this point: press it continuously, massage it with circular movements or tap it.
  • The lower Tian point is located 3 fingers below the navel. In the same way as for the previous point you can activate it by pressing, massaging or tapping.
  • The Sanyinjao point is located 4 fingers above the malleolus. It is located on the inner side of the foot. You can activate it by making circular movements for 2 minutes.

Anemia related to menstruation is quite common. It will cause symptoms that are more or less disabling on a daily basis. If you suffer from an excessive menstrual flow or even haemorrhage, consult your doctor! This may hide an underlying pathology.

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