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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Feb;17(1):33-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.06.005. Epub 2010 Jul 10.

The effects of acupressure on primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized controlled trial.

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Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Medical Surgical Nursing Department, Kashan, Iran.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The current study was conducted to evaluate the effect of acupressure on primary dysmenorrhea in Iranian medical sciences students.

DESIGN:

A randomized controlled pre and post-test design was employed to verify the effects of SP6 acupressure on dysmenorrhea.

SETTING:

A total of 30 young college female students with primary dysmenorrhea were randomly allocated to intervention (n = 15) and control (n = 15) groups.

INTERVENTION:

The intervention group received SP6 acupressure during menstruation cycle and the control group received light touch on the SP6 acupoint. Using a Visual Analog Scale, the severity of dysmenorrhea was assessed prior to and immediately, 30 min, 1, 2, and 3 h following treatment.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Data were analyzed using X(2), t-test and ANOVA statistical tests.

RESULTS:

Significant differences were observed in the scores of dysmenorrhea between the two groups immediately after (3.50 ± 1.42 vs. 5.06 ± 1.43, p = 0.004) and also 3 h after treatment (1.66 ± 1.98 vs. 4.80 ± 1.37, p = 0.000).

CONCLUSIONS:

Acupressure on the SP6 meridian can be an effective non-invasive nursing intervention for alleviating primary dysmenorrhea and its effects last for 3 h post-treatment.

PMID:
21168112
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.06.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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