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Japanese-style Acupuncture Reduces Pelvic Pain in Adolescents with Endometriosis

Topic: Japanese-style Acupuncture Reduces Pelvic Pain in Adolescents with Endometriosis

Keywords: ENDOMETRIOSIS, CHRONIC PELVIC PAIN - Acupuncture, Japanese, Japanese-style Acupuncture

Reference: "Japanese-style acupuncture for endometriosis-related pelvic pain in adolescents and young women: results of a randomized sham-controlled trial," Wayne PM, Kerr CE, et al, J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol, 2008; 21(5): 247-57. (Address: Harvard Medical School, Osher Research Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA. E-mail: ).

Summary: In a study involving 14 young women between the ages of 13 and 22 years with endometriosis-related chronic pelvic pain, treatment with a Japanese style of acupuncture was found to significantly reduce pain. Patients received 16 treatments over a period of 8 weeks - 9 patients received actual acupuncture and 5 patients received a sham treatment. Results found that after 4 weeks of treatment, subjects in the acupuncture group experienced a 62% reduction (4.8 point reduction) in pain (on an 11 point scale), compared to a mere 1.4 point reduction among subjects in the sham treatment group. A six-month post-treatment assessment found that reductions in pain persisted among patients who had received acupuncture. Furthermore, all health-related quality of life measures found greater improvements among patients who received acupuncture, although many of these improvements were not statistically significant. The results of this study suggest that Japanese-style acupuncture may be a safe and effective treatment for adolescent girls with endometriosis-related pelvic pain.

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