Acupuncture may help relieve menstrual pains

February 17, 2010 2:50:30 PM PST
Acupuncture may be helpful in alleviating severe menstrual cramps, which affect up to half of all young women.

A review of 27 studies in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology finds the treatment may even be more effective than drugs or herbal medicines.

Acupuncture, which uses tiny needles, is thought to stimulate the production of feel good chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin.

The National Institutes of Health has also noted that acupuncture may help alleviate cramps.

Researchers are encouraged by this latest review but say more work on this topic is still needed.