Acupuncture for Women's Health

Acupuncture for Women's Health.

Women can experience a wide range of irregular menstruation symptoms including irregular, short or prolonged cycles, period pain, scanty or heavy bleeding, clots, spotting between periods, pre-menstrual tension and breast distension. Any unusually late periods or absence of menstruation (amenorrhoea) should be investigated for possible pregnancy or other medical causes. Chinese medicine offers an alternative for women who want to regulate their periods without using hormonal contraceptives.

Is Acupuncture Effective for Women's Health?

Don't just take our word for it. The following clinical trials have scientifically examined the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for women's health.

Only reputable papers recently published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years are listed below.



Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Primary Dysmenorrhea: An Overview of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture and moxibustion seem to be effective and safe approaches in treatment of primary dysmenorrhea; yet, the methodological quality of most of the studies and the quality of evidence were low. Thus, additional studies are required to further confirm these results.

2020, Apr 29 • Jun Yang, Jun Xiong, Ting Yuan, Xue Wang, Yunfeng Jiang, Xiaohong Zhou, Kai Liao, Lingling Xu Full Article

Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science
Acupuncture for premature ovarian insufficiency: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

The present study indicated that acupuncture had an advantage over hormone replacement therapy in reducing serum FSH level and increasing serum E2 level in women with premature ovarian insufficiency.

2020, Feb 24 • Yin, Yq., Xu, Hf., Fang, Yg. et al. Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Acupuncture for Premenstrual Syndrome at Different Intervention Time: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This systematic review shows that the overall effectiveness of acupuncture treatment of premenstrual syndrome is superior to related medications, which is consistent with previous systematic review reports. Immediate and early acupuncture have shown to improve symptoms, and overall health state.

2019, Jun 25 • Jiayuan Zhang, Liu Cao, Yunxia Wang, Yuxia Jin, Xiao Xiao, Qi Zhang Full Article

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Acupuncture and acupressure for premenstrual syndrome
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Cochrane

The limited evidence available suggests that acupuncture and acupressure may improve both physical and psychological symptoms of premenstrual syndrome when compared to a sham control.

2018, Aug 14 • Armour M, Ee CC, Hao J, Wilson TM, Yao SS, Smith CA. Full Article

PLOS One
Effects of acupuncture for the treatment of endometriosis-related pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis
PLOS One Public Library of Science

Few randomised, blinded clinical trials have addressed the efficacy of acupuncture in treating endometriosis-related pain. Nonetheless, the current literature suggests that acupuncture reduces pain and serum CA-125 levels, regardless of the control intervention used.

2017, Oct 27 • Yang Xu , Wenli Zhao , Te Li, Ye Zhao, Huaien Bu , Shilin Song Full Article

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women
Obstetrics & Gynecology American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Acupuncture is associated with a significant reduction in sleep disturbances in women experiencing menopause-related sleep disturbances. Our findings suggest that acupuncture should be adopted as part of a multimodal approach for improving sleep disturbances in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women.

2016, Mar • Chiu HY, Hsieh YJ, Tsai PS. Full Article

Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
As Acupressure Decreases Pain, Acupuncture May Improve Some Aspects of Quality of Life for Women with Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis
Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Medical Association of Pharmacopuncture Institute

Acupressure showed evidence of pain relief while acupuncture improved both the mental and the physical components of quality of life. In conclusion, physiotherapists should consider using acupuncture and acupressure to treat primary dysmenorrhea, but a need exists for higher quality, randomized, blinded, sham-controlled trials with adequate sample sizes to establish clearly the effects of these modalities.

2015, Oct • Abaraogu UO, Tabansi-Ochuogu CS Full Article

Cancer Nursing
Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause
Cancer Nursing

This meta-analysis confirms that acupuncture improves hot flash frequency and severity, menopause-related symptoms, and quality of life (in the vasomotor domain) in women experiencing natural menopause.

2015, Feb • Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Full Article


Acupuncture points
Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. Acupuncture : review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials
World Health Organization, Geneva 2002