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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 434978, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/434978
Research Article

Effectiveness Study of Moxibustion on Pain Relief in Primary Dysmenorrhea: Study Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial

1Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Sichuan 610072, China
2School of Chinese Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
3Medical Center and Hospital of Qionglai, Qionglai, Sichuan 611530, China

Received 24 November 2013; Revised 22 February 2014; Accepted 2 March 2014; Published 2 April 2014

Academic Editor: Helen G. Hall

Copyright © 2014 Jie Yang 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.

Abstract

Dysmenorrhea is a prevalent problem in menstruating women. As a nonpharmacologic and free of relevant side effects intervention, moxibustion is considered as a safe treatment and has long been recommended for dysmenorrhea in China. However, the exact effects of moxibustion in PD have not been fully understood. Therefore we designed this random clinical trial aiming to (1) investigate whether moxibustion is safe and effective for pain relief in primary dysmenorrhea when compared to conventional pain-killers and (2) assess the acceptability and side effects associated with moxibustion. The results of this trial will contribute to a better understanding of the different effects of moxibustion in pain relief in primary dysmenorrhea when compared to conventional pharmacologic pain treatment.