[Evaluation of clinical therapeutic effects and safety of acupuncture treatment for premenstrual syndrome]

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2005 Jun;25(6):377-82.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To assess the effectiveness and safety of various types of acupuncture in treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Methods: Search Chinese and English databases of the Cochrane Library, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CBM, CNKI and reference lists of correlative academic conference proceedings.

Results: Eight controlled studies involving 807 women (range, 61-225) meeting the enrolled criteria. Among them 7 studies showed that therapeutic effects of acupuncture were superior to other methods (i. e. Western medicine or Chinese herbs).

Conclusion: Acupuncture can effectively treat PMS. However, more randomized controlled trials are needed to assess the effectiveness and adverse-effect of acupuncture for treatment of PMS.

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Premenstrual Syndrome* / therapy
  • Research Design
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal