[Considerations about Acupuncture Treatment during Menstruation]

Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2016 Apr;41(2):186-8.
[Article in Chinese]


A dispute about whether women are suitable to receive acupuncture treatment in the period of menstruation has existed for many years. There are some reports about acupuncture treatment induced abnormal menstruation in women experiencing menstruation. However, according to long-term clinical practice and current development of acupuncture therapy, the authors of the present paper hold that there are no absolute contradictions for acupuncture treatment of women during menstruation. Additionally, acupuncture induced menstrual disorder has no enough data support of large size example clinical trials. The key points of acupuncture administration for women during menstruation are: (1) reasonable selection of acupoints prescriptions, and (2) appropriate acupuncture needle manipulations, particularly avoiding strong stimulation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Points
  • Acupuncture Therapy* / instrumentation
  • Acupuncture Therapy* / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menstruation
  • Menstruation Disturbances / physiopathology
  • Menstruation Disturbances / therapy*