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Chuna Manual Therapy for Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review
J Korean Med Rehabil 2017;27:81-93
Published online July 31, 2017;
Copyright © 2017 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Ha-Ra Seo, K.M.D., Yu-Chen Li, K.M.D., Jae-Eun Lee, K.M.D., Myoung-Kyu Kim, K.M.D.

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University
Correspondence to: Yu-Chen Li, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University, 4 Notaesan-ro, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan 31099, Korea
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Received June 19, 2017; Accepted July 3, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of Chuna therapy for primary dysmenorrhea.
Methods Researchers searched on 7 electronic databases (Pubmed, National Digital Science Library, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wangfang med online, Korean Studies Information Service System, Research Information Sharing Service and Oriental medicine Advanced Searching Integrated System). The search included Korean, English, Chinese reports and there was no limit on the search period. All of randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) that used Chuna manual therapy for primary dysmenorrhea were selected.
Results 27 RCTs met required condition. Meta-analysis showed positive results for Chuna manual therapy for primary dysmenorrhea in terms of therapeutic effects and reduction of symptom scores compared to west medicine, herbal medicine, acupucture and other treatments.
Conclusions Above results showed that performing chuna is effective in treating dysmenorrhea. However, in some studies, there was no statistic significance between the experimental group and the control group. Also, according to Cochrane Risk of Bias (RoB) evaluation method, quality of the studies were not high enough. Since most of the materials were in Chinese, more high-quality clinical trials about Chuna therapy for primary dysmenorrhea are needed in Korea.
Keywords : Chuna manual therapy, Primary dysmenorrhea, Systematic review, Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM)

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