Republic of Korea College of Nursing, Yonsei University
Jun, E., Chang, S., Kang, D., Kim, S., “Effects of Accupressure on Dysmenorrhea and Skin Temperature Changes in college Students. A Non-Randomized Control Trial.” International Journal of Nursing Studies, Volume 44, Issue 6 , Pages 973 – 981
58 college students were divided into two groups. The experimental group were given acupressure to the SP6 meridian within the first 8 h of menstruation and in the severity of dysmenorrhea and skin temperature changes. Zhongwan (CV2) and Qugu (CV12) acupoints were accessed prior to and 30 mi., 1, 2, 3 h following session. The control group received only a light touch on the SP6 acupoints. Results: there was a significant difference in the severity of dysmenorrhaea between the two groups immediately after and up to 2 h after the session. Skin temperature was elevated 30 min. after acupressure at the suprapubic CV2 acupoint in the experimental group compared to the control group. Temperature elevation was also noted in the epigastric CV2 acupoint after the session but group differences were not significant, indicating that SP6 acupressure relieves dysmenorrhea primarily by temperature elevation in the CV2 pathway.
Acupressure to the SP6 meridian was found to be effective in alleviating primary dysmenorrhea with effects lasting 2 h after session.