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Bae and Joo: A Report about the Result and Satisfaction of Korean Medicine Treatment on Dysmenorrhea Support Program of Jeollabuk-do



The purpose of this study was to report the result and the satisfaction of Korean medicine treatment for patients with dysmenorrhea who participated in support program of Jeollabuk-do.


The subjects of this study were 33 volunteers, suffering from primary dysmenorrhea. As the ‘Dysmenorrhea Treatment Project’, we conducted a dysmenorrhea program at 22 Korean medicine clinic and 1 Korean medicine hospital in Jeollabuk-do. From May to December 2018, we conducted the program and assessed the effect and satisfaction twice after first two menstrual cycles after Korean medicine treatment through questionnaire. They were treated by Korean medicine treatment such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, heat therapy, physical therapy and others in 2017. The results were measured by the visual analogue scale (VAS) and multidimensional verbal rating scale (MVRS) of overall pain. The disturbance in school activity for menstrual period and satisfaction of Korean medicine treatment were investigated by continuous rating scales.


The VAS score of overall pain was decreased significantly. Also the amount of the analgesic taken for menstrual period and the degree of disturbance in school activity were decreased significantly. Besides, the satisfaction of Korean medicine treatment was increased.


This study might suggest that the Korean medicine treatment on dysmenorrhea is effective.

Fig. 1
Change of the overall pain for menstrual period.
Fig. 2
Change of the disturbance in school activity for menstrual period.
Fig. 3
Change of amount of the analgesic taken for menstrual period.
Fig. 4
Satisfaction measurement of Korean medicine treatment on adolescent dysmenorrhea.
Table 1
Characteristics of the Patients Suffering from Dysmenorrhea
Variable Value*
Age (year) 15.85±1.89
Height (cm) 159.47±5.84
Weight (kg) 57.34±9.51
BMI (weight/height2) 22.51±3.21
Menarcheal age (year) 12.24±1.09
Menstrual cycle (days) 31.18±12.37
≤22 or ≥35 1 (3.0%)
23–34 24 (72.7%)
irregular 5 (15.2%)
Not reported 3 (9.1%)
Menstrual period (days) 6.56±1.81
≤2 or ≥8 4 (12.1%)
3–7 29 (87.9%)
irregular 0 (0.0%)
Begining of menstrual pain Within two years of menarche 23 (69.7%)
After two years of menarche
10 (30.3%)
Chief symptom of menstrual pain Abdominal pain 32 (32.7%)
Back pain 13 (13.3%)
Headache 13 (13.3%)
Nausea 11 (11.2%)
Nervousness 9 (9.2%)
Dizziness 7 (7.1%)
Others 13 (13.3%)
How to control menstrual pain Analgestic taken 29 (52.7%)
Hot pack in the abdomen 11 (20.0%)
Relax 7 (12.7%)
Sleep 5 (9.1%)
No treatment 1 (1.8%)
Others 2 (3.6%)

BMI ; Body mass index

* The values were expressed by number or mean± standard deviation

† Multiple response

Table 2
Intervention and Pattern Identification
Variable Value*
Herbal extract Hyeonbuikyeng-tang 7 (21.2%)
Jogyeongjongok-tang 3 (9.1%)
Kami Samool-tang 2 (6.1%)
Jokyung-san 2 (6.1%)
Ojeok-san 2 (6.1%)
Others 12 (36.4%)
Not reported 5 (15.2%)

Another treatments with herbal extract Moxibustion 13 (37.1%)
Acupuncture 11 (31.4%)
Heat therapy 7 (20.0%)
Physical therapy 2 (5.7%)
Exercise 1 (2.9%)
Others 1 (2.9%)

Pattern Identification of menstrual pain Cold syndrome 12 (31.6%)
Heat syndrome 5 (13.2%)
Deficiency syndrome 12 (31.6%)
Excess syndrome 9 (23.7%)

* The values were expressed by number (%)

† Multiple response


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