Health Intuitive

Chinese Medicine For Menstrual Cramps And PMS

Monthly menstrual cycles are a regular aspect in the life of most women. Menstruation is indispensable for the regeneration of the uterine wall to prepare for pregnancy. The hormone levels fluctuate before periods and usually cause minor discomfort before and during menstruation. However, many women suffer severe symptoms and these symptoms are especially common in young women in their teens and 20s.

Let’s take a look at the most common symptoms of menstrual disorders.

Painful menstruation or dysmenorrhea
Lower stomach cramping
Tenderness in the breast
Dull ache at the lower back
Heavy menstrual flow
Diarrhea or constipation
Mood changes- irritability, anxiety or depression

Menstrual disorders also can be secondary to an underlying condition such as:

Endometriosis
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Ovarian cysts
Premenstrual syndrome commonly known as PMS

Chinese medicine approach is quite different from Western conventional medicine because Chinese medicine believes that a healthy cycle is determined by factors such as:

The condition of blood – this includes the color and the quantity of blood with clots or without clots
The level of Chi or energy flow -the body needs enough Chi to push the blood out. If Chi is too much, menstrual flow may be heavier. On the other hand, if the Chi is not enough, the quantity of blood may be smaller and the color may be lighter.
The proper functioning of the kidney and liver systems – Chinese medicine thinks that menstrual flow is more dominant in the liver system than the kidney system. Liver system dominates emotions and controls blood flow. Kidney system dominates the endocrine, development and reproductive functions.

The benefits of acupuncture treatment for menstrual disorders include not only for the relief of pain but also for identifying and rectifying the underlying conditions. These include balancing the hormones and
relaxation and reduction of stress because stress makes the pain in PMS worse.

Since diet affects the menstrual cycle, the following are some recommendations of Chinese nutritional therapy for the treatment of menstrual problems.

Avoid very cold foods and drinks – cold foods and cold drinks can slow down your blood circulation.
Add warming foods to your diet – these include ginger, chives, fennel, cinnamon, bay leaves, and turmeric.
Eat more essential fatty acids – this include cold water fish, nuts and seeds (almonds & and walnuts, flaxseeds).
Avoid alcohol, chocolate, caffeine and sour foods – they stimulate the system too much and will only make the symptoms worse.
Supplements – some supplements also can be helpful in dealing with minor menstrual discomfort. These supplements include B-complex and vitamin E (to reduce stress and anxiety), magnesium and B6 (for reducing cramps and pain), evening primrose oil (to help balance the hormones), red raspberry tea (to strengthen the uterine tissue).
Exercise and plenty of rest – they are also important for the reduction of menstrual discomfort.

If you or someone you know has menstrual issues, visit your best vancouver acupuncture clinic today to discuss your unique treatment plan.

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