Endometriosis is a chronic disease that requires a life-long management plan. Despite extensive research, the best treatment for chronic pelvic pain from endometriosis is unclear. A recent review looked at acupuncture for the treatment of pain from endometriosis, and though more good studies are needed, the results were promising.
Twenty-four studies have been done on acupuncture for endometriosis; however only one trial, enrolling 67 participants is felt to be of good quality. This study found that 92% of patients with severe pain during their menstrual cycles reported that acupuncture 'cured' their pain, or was 'significantly effective,' or 'effective' compared to 60% in the Chinese herbal medicine group.
The take home message was that in this trial, auricular acupuncture was significantly more effective than Chinese herbal medicine for treating dysmenorrhea (pain during menstrual periods.)
Though the evidence to support the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain from endometriosis is limited, these results are encouraging. We should look to the future to assess various types of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pelvic pain from endometriosis.
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- Dr O.