Research: POURESMAIL and IBRAHIM

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Abstract

POURESMAIL and IBRAHIMZADEH, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Tehran, Iran, describe the effects of acupressure and ibuprofen on the severity of primary dysmenorrhoea.

Background

The aim of this randomized controlled trial was to compare the effects of acupressure using a new combination of acupoints, with Ibuprofen on the severity of primary dysmenorrhoea.

Methodology

216 female high school students aged 14–18 were randomly divided into three groups. One group received acupressure, the second group Ibuprofen, and the third group a sham acupressure treatment as placebo control.

Results

All three techniques produced a reduction in the severity of pain. Acupressure and Ibuprofen were similar to each other and significantly better than the sham procedure.

Conclusion

Acupressure, which produces no complications, is recommended as a better choice in the treatment of period pains.

References

Pouresmail Z, Ibrahimzadeh R. Effects of acupressure and Ibuprofen on the severity of primary dysmenorrhoea. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 22 (3): 205-210, Sep 2002.

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