Acupuncture for Endometriosis: A Case Study

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Med Acupunct. December 2019; 31(6): 392–394.

Published online 2019 Dec 13. doi: 10.1089/acu.2019.1379

PMCID: PMC6918512

PMID: 31871528

Acupuncture for Endometriosis: A Case Study

Jessica A. Payne, DAOM

Background: Endometriosis is the cause of chronic pelvic pain in 70% of all chronic pelvic pain cases in women in the United States. Traditional Chinese Medicine may present either an adjunct or optional treatment for women with chronic pelvic pain due to endometriosis.


Objective: To detail possible effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine on pelvic pain secondary to endometriosis through presentation of a single case.

Design, Setting, Patient: A nulliparous 43-year-old woman presented with endometriosis and fibroids. The patient was treated twice weekly for a 6-month period in a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in Berkley, CA. Treatment included 6 months of acupuncture at the following points: CV 3, 4, and 5; ST 25 and 36; GV 20; LI 4; LV 3; KI 3; SP 6 and 9; and Zi Gong Xue and Ah Shi points along with 1 month of herbal treatment in the form of both tea and tea pills.

Intervention: Acupuncture and herbal formulas.

Main Outcome Measures: Decrease in pain level and symptoms measured by patient assessed value of pain through the Pain Quality Assessment Scale.

Results: Patient overall disposition and pain level improved for a 6-month period.

Conclusions: Acupuncture did have some positive effect on pain management.

Keywords: endometriosis, acupuncture points, infertility, dysmenorrhea, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture treatment

Author Disclosure Statement

No competing financial interests exist.

Funding Information

No funding was received for this article.


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