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The effect of applying pressure to the LIV3 and LI4 on the symptomsof premenstrual syndrome: A randomized clinical tria

(2017) The effect of applying pressure to the LIV3 and LI4 on the symptomsof premenstrual syndrome: A randomized clinical tria. Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

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Abstract

tObjective: To evaluate the effect of simple acupressure protocol in LIV3, LI4 and placebo points on thequality of life (QOL) in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).Method: This paper reports a randomized, single blinded clinical trial. 97 participants (students in ofHormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Iran) with PMS were allocated to three groups to receive20 min acupressure on different acupoints for 14 days before menstruation for three consecutive men-strual cycles (training and then two cycles self applied acupressure). The acupoints were LIV3 and LI4; onegroup received acupressure at a placebo point. Each participant completed the PSST scale (to determinePMS severity), HADS scale (for depression and anxiety), and quality of life SF12.Results: The number of people with moderate/severe PMS decreased in LIV3 and LI4 acupressure groupsby the second and third cycles compared with the placebo group (p < 0.04).Moreover, depression and anxiety scores significantly decreased in the LIV3 and LI4 groups by thesecond and third cycles compared with the placebo group (p < 0.05).Analyzing the score of SF12 fields inthe second and third cycles showed a significant difference in all dimensions between the interventionand placebo groups. There was no significant difference between LIV3 and LI4 acupressure groups indecrease of PMS symptoms, anxiety and depression and improving SF12scores (p < 0.05).Conclusion: Performing the simple acupressure protocol at LIV3 and LI4 is an effective method to decreasethe severity of PMS symptoms, anxiety and depression, and to improve the QOL. Pressure at LIV3 and LI4appears to be equally effective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Premenstrual syndromeAcupressureQuality of life
Subjects: WP Gynecology and Obstetrics > WP 650-660 Therapy
Divisions: Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Fertility and Infertility Research Center
Depositing User: مركز تحقيقات بهداشت باروري و ناباروري
URI: http://eprints.hums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4579

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