When I entered Chinese Medicine School, I realized I wasn’t the only woman who experienced problems with her period. Nearly every one of my female colleagues and patients had at least one complaint about their cycle, including painful cramping, irritability, acne, too late of a flow, too early of a flow, mid-cycle bleeding, skipping months, depression, breast distention, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, and bloating. According to a comprehensive review published in the Gynecological Endocrinology journal in 2013, up to 90% of women of reproductive age experience several symptoms before their period ranging from mild to severe during the course of their lifetime. In western medicine, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is considered a “normal” part of the month for roughly 30+ years of your life. But should it be?
Acupuncturists love to ask about and analyze menstrual cycles. Your blood, and how it flows, can tell us so much about your internal landscape. Let’s look at the ideal cycle according to TCM:
If you identify with all five of these criteria, congratulations! You have a healthy cycle. However, if you are one of the many who struggle with any of the above, know you are amongst friends, and TCM can help to both explain and treat the root cause of your symptoms. So, why do these irregularities happen in the first place?
Receiving regular acupuncture treatments and taking Chinese herbal medicine can lessen, and even eradicate, your symptoms over time to improve the quality of your life. Don’t suffer alone - book your treatment today to get your flow back on track.
About the Author: Danielle Gaglini Hallowell is a New Hampshire and Maine licensed acupuncturist who practices at the NH Health & Wellness Center in Nashua, New Hampshire.