Comparison of the effectiveness of fennel and mefenamic acid on pain intensity in dysmenorrhoea

East Mediterr Health J. May-Jul 2006;12(3-4):423-7.

Abstract

A study in Kerman, Islamic Republic of Iran in 2002 compared the effectiveness of fennel and mefenamic acid on pain relief in primary dysmenorrhoea. Two groups of high-school girls (mean age 13 years) suffering dysmenorrhoea were randomized to receive fennel extract (n = 55) or mefenamic acid (n = 55) for 2 months. In the fennel group, 80% of girls and in the mefenamic acid group, 73% of girls showed complete pain relief or pain decrease, while 80% in the fennel group and 62% in the mefenamic acid group no longer needed to rest. There was no significant difference between the 2 groups in the level of pain relief.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adolescent
  • Age of Onset
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Dysmenorrhea / diagnosis
  • Dysmenorrhea / drug therapy*
  • Dysmenorrhea / psychology
  • Female
  • Foeniculum*
  • Humans
  • Iran
  • Mefenamic Acid / therapeutic use*
  • Menarche
  • Pain Measurement
  • Phytotherapy / methods*
  • Plant Extracts
  • Quality of Life
  • Rest
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome

Substances

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Plant Extracts
  • Mefenamic Acid