Acupuncture can be more effective in improving period cramps then some medication. Here is a link to a study.
In practice, every acupuncturist has his (her) own approach. Personally I prefer using distal points to treat local pain. In case of period pain, I normal use hands – to be precisely the area around the heel of the hands. Miracles can happen.
A client of mine suffered from period cramps and came to see me. She could barely straighten her body. I only used one needle on her right hand. The minute that needle was in, she smiled, ‘you know, the pain is lifted, incredible!’
Yes, it’s amazing, isn’t it? Next time you might want to visit an acupuncturist when you are suffering a painful period.