Menstrual Issues & PMT

Chinese Medicine has been used in the treatment of Mensrual Issues & PMT for thousands of years

It is too often accepted by women that premenstrual pain, flooding and clots, emotional upheaval and menstrual irregularity are normal and are just a part of life as a woman. 

 

It is not necessary to suffer these symptoms. By the time the premenstrual phase passes,  the menses ends, and full recovery is achieved, at least two weeks have gone past. It doesn't need to be this way. This accounts for half the month, half your life. There must be a better way.

From a Chinese medicine perspective, the reasons for gynaecological issues and the treatment of such conditions vary greatly from the western worldview. Chinese medicine treats any clinical presentation from within its own holistic and integral paradigm. The treatment protocol is strictly governed by the detailed diagnostic process that emerged of its own paradigm. Chinese medicine does not treat a disease as such; it treats people with particular patterns that manifest in specific ways with their related symptoms, according to the individual's specific circumstances. 

 

PMSpresent with symptoms ranging from irritability, ovarian pain, cramps, or a weighing down or dragging pain, bloating, back pain, breast distension, headaches, skin eruptions, and unusual discharge, just to mention a few. 

 

The menses may be too long or too short. Bleeding may be absent or irregular for months.  There may be clots, or unusual discharge, odour, bloating, flooding, spotting or trickling.  Some periods start and stop mid menses. Some are too late or too early.  Some women experience menstrual pain before, during and even after the menses. 

 

Ovulation also brings its own challenges. The conditions must be just right: from the body's temperature to the timely release of the egg, the quality of discharges at the time, to the underlying general health to support the process of implantation into a healthy uterine wall that is stable and able to sustain life.

 

In Chinese medicine, the practitioner is concerned with balancing all the facets of the gynaecological process. This requires that the Qi and blood of the liver flow smoothly and in a timely manner. It works to regulate the Qi and the blood to ensure that there is sufficient blood, and that the Qi that governs the blood is moving smoothly and that the blood is replenished in time. 

 

Chinese medicine uses both acupuncture and herbs in the treatment of gynaecological conditions. The practitioner takes into account any biomedical diagnosis, such as oestrogen predominance, etc, and works in parallel to the western objectives to achieve holistic health.  

 

From a Chinese medicine point of view, there could be varied reasons for similar conditions. That is to say, a woman seeking help with period pain may receive a very different herbal decoctionfrom another woman who seems to have a very similar manifestation of pain. This is so, because of the very unique presentation of each case. While the pain of one woman is relieved by a warm compress, the other one’s pain is not.  This can hint at a different cause that manifests with similar pain. Chinese medicine can differentiate between pain caused by the stagnation of Qi due to cold, or stagnation of Qi caused by other factors. 

 

Chinese medicine's investigation of the condition is based on inquiry, taking of the pulse, observation of the tongue and examinations of different signs and symptoms. After collating all that information, a  diagnosis is proposed and treatment protocols are directed to that end. 

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