Updated: Dec 23, 2020
Lets Talk… Dysmenorrhea.
What Is Dysmenorrhea?
Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation – before, during, or after your cycle involving abdominal and/or uterine cramping.
Primary Dysmenorrhea has no identifying causes. Primary Dysmenorrhea is most common in women under the age of 25. Secondary Dysmenorrhea occurs due to a cause such as Endometriosis, PCOS, etc.
Did You Know: “Amongst women, dysmenorrhea is the most common cause of absenteeism for school and work, and it may also lead to "a reduction in academic performance, reduced participation in sport and social activities and an overall significant decrease in women's quality of life.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
There are three main theory’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) when it comes to Dysmenorrhea:
1. Liver Qi Stagnation
2. Cold Accumulation (in the uterus)
3. Qi (“Chee” or Energy) and Blood Deficiency.
Each of these three TCM Diagnosis are linked with specific symptoms that women have. For example, a woman with Liver Qi Stagnation may also have distending pain in the lower abdomen or perhaps small clots. If a woman comes in with Cold Accumulation, there may also be symptoms of sharp or stabbing pain, feeling of cold over the uterus, or pain that decreases with heat. Qi and Blood Deficiency may have addition symptoms as dull, achy pain during or after menstruation. Depending on your specific symptoms revolving around dysmenorrhea will determine which acupuncture points are selected for your treatment.
Not only can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas help with Dysmenorrhea, they (acu & herbs) can also help with menstrual regulation, balance menstrual bleeding (whether heavy or light), help reduce clotting, decrease cysts, lower PMS symptoms, and regulate hormones within the body.
Lets get your cramps under control, book your session today!