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Huo Zhu (T 66.04) Master Tung Point ‎for Primary Dysmenorrhoea

Updated: May 27, 2021

What is primary dysmenorrhoea?

Dysmenorrhoea is painful cramping, usually in the lower abdomen, which occurs shortly before or during menstruation, or both. Primary dysmenorrhoea occurs in young females in the absence of any identifiable underlying pelvic pathology. Primary dysmenorrhea refers to recurrent pain, while secondary dysmenorrhea results from reproductive system disorders.

Acupuncture for period pain
Acupuncture for period pain

Can primary dysmenorrhea cause infertility?

This type of painful period should not negatively impact your fertility.

Is Primary dysmenorrhea normal?

It is a very common problem among women of reproductive age, but Intense menstrual cramps are not expected.

Investigating the Feasibility of Master Tung's point for dysmenorrhoea

A recent study found that Tung's "Huo Zhu" point may help relieve primary dysmenorrhea. This study involved 60 participants. The patients were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group randomly, with 30 patients in each group. The controlled group was given sham acupuncture, and the other group was treated using the Huo Zhu point with "Tiao Qi Technique". The pain level of dysmenorrhea patients was assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS)pain scores and scored by the Cox Menstrual Symptom Scale (CMSS).

Both groups were treated once before each menstrual period (within three days) and once on the first and second menstruation day. One menstrual cycle was considered a course of treatment for a total of 3 courses of treatment.

After the first menstrual cycle, both groups' VAS scores did not change significantly; the observation group's VAS scores were significantly lower than those of the control group after two and three menstrual cycles. The total frequency and severity scores of CMSS in the observation group were significantly lower than those in the control group after 2 and 3 menstrual cycles.

What is Tiao Qi Technique

It's a technique developed by ZUO, insert the needle extremely slowly 1 cun superior to Huo zhu and wait for the Qi.

Huo Zhu Location:

Huo Zhu (T 66.04) is at the base of the junction of the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones. Some practitioners think it's 0.05Cun superior to LR 3 (Tai Chong)

Tung's Meridians connections:

Heart and Liver


Swollen bones, headache due to heart disease, liver disease, neurasthenia, heart problems, gynaecological disorders.

Wang Q, Chen L, Zuo C, Clinical Observation on the Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea by

Acupuncture at Huozhu Point of DONG’s Extra Acupoints: Journal of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Vol.38, No.1. Published 2021 January,


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