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Author (up) Miao, Edwin, Yong; Miao, Miranda, Yi mo; Kildea, Daniel, George; Lao, Yi-Wen url  doi
  Title Effects of Electroacupuncture and Electroacupuncture Plus Tao Hong Si Wu Wan in Treating Primary Dysmenorrhea Type of Study RCT
  Year 2014 Publication Journal of Acupuncture & Meridian Studies Abbreviated Journal J Acupunct Meridian Stud  
  Volume 7 Issue 1 Pages 6-14  
  Keywords Dysmenorrhea; Menstruation Disturbances; Women's Health; Gynecology; RCT; Acu Versus > 1 Control; Electroacupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; Herbal Formula; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical; CAM Control; Acu Versus Acu  
  Abstract Abstract: This study investigated the efficacies of electroacupuncture and electroacupuncture combined with Tao Hong Si Wu Wan in treating primary dysmenorrhea and compared the results with those obtained using conventional medical treatment. One treatment group, group 1, was administered Tao Hong Si Wu Wan (2625 mg) while the other, group 2, was administered a placebo (2625 mg) twice daily for 3 months. Electroacupuncture was used in both treatment groups: two sessions per menstrual cycle for three menstrual cycles. The reference group, group 3, was administered ibuprofen, 600 mg, twice daily, for five menstrual cycles. Uses of the herb, placebo and ibuprofen were blinded. A ridit analysis was used for testing and interpreting the effects of treatment. Pain intensity was determined using a qualitative grading method in a blinded manner. The ridit scores in groups 1 and 2 were significantly higher than those in reference group immediately after treatment and three months later. Twelve months after the treatment, group 1 had a higher ridit score than group 2. In comparison to the reference group, groups 1 and 2 achieved better menstrual pain relief both immediately and 3 months after treatment. In addition, group 1 had better long-term pain relief than group 2.  
  Address M. Modern Traditional Chinese Medical Clinic, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia; M. Modern Traditional Chinese Medical Clinic, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia; School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) U  
  Language Number of Treatments 6  
  Treatment Follow-up 52 Weeks Frequency <1/WK Number of Participants 128  
  Time in Treatment 12 Weeks Condition Dysmenorrhea
  Disease Category Menstruation Disturbances OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 867  
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