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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 316212, 8 pages
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Research Article

Auricular Acupressure Combined with an Internet-Based Intervention or Alone for Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Control Study

1School of Nursing, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei 112, Taiwan
2Taipei Municipal First Girls' Senior High School, Taipei 100, Taiwan
3Department of Applied Mathematics, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Chungli 320, Taiwan
4School of Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture Science, China Medical University, Taichung 404, Taiwan
5Department of Nursing, Chang Gung Universityof Sciences and Technology, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan

Received 28 December 2012; Revised 11 February 2013; Accepted 5 March 2013

Academic Editor: Lixing Lao

Copyright © 2013 Mei-Ling Yeh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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