Menstrual disorders can be extremely worrying for women when they occur unexpectedly. However, there are numerous reasons that cause women to have menstrual disorders and many of them are not serious.
Furthermore, menstrual disorders can often be combated with a healthy diet and a good exercise routine. If these do not help, there are other treatments available, like acupuncture. Some women have found that there is a link between their menstrual disorder and acupuncture therapy.
Almost all women will experience irregular menstrual cycles during their reproductive lifetime. It can take up to two years for young girls who are first beginning to menstruate to settle into a pattern, and perimenopausal women will find that they are experiencing irregular periods until they cease menstruation.
Pain during menstruation
Pain during menstruation is also an extremely common menstrual disorder. Many women experience pain such as cramps, headaches, and bloating before and during menstruation. This treatment that originated in China is supposed to balance a person’s body and soul. The Chinese believe that the chi stands for a person’s energy, and like the body, it needs to be cared for. According to acupuncturists, anything that blocks a person’s chi can cause illness. Acupuncture works by influencing the energy flow in certain areas of the body. People use acupuncture to ease pain and soreness.
The menstrual cycle is a good indicator of a women’s general health. When the flow is adequate, regular, and without discomfort, blood production and circulation are healthy. Stressful lifestyle, poor eating habits, and emotional upset encourage blood deficiency and blocked Chi (vital energy), leading to irregularity and pain.
Menstrual disorders occur when the body’s hormones are imbalanced Acupuncture can help restore the balance among the hormones by enhancing the body’s flow of energy, and as a result, relieve menstrual symptoms. According to the ancient Chinese theorists if the body’s energy flow is correct then any menstrual disorders can be avoided. Acupuncture helps relieve stress and tension.Acupuncture is a safe and natural treatment that helps many people relieve stress, tension, and reinvigorate their bodies. To regulate the menstrual cycle by acupuncture therapy, a diagnosis focusing on finding out which pattern of diseases (what kind of imbalance the patient has) will be made based on history, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and lifestyle. Then an individual treatment plan just tailored for the patient will be set according to the Chinese diagnosis.
The average time for treatment is 3-6 months. It takes time for the body to adjust hormone levels and balance out the menstrual cycle. Acupuncture is effective and safe, and adding herbal therapy to the treatments would enhance the therapeutic effects. Because each individual situation is different, treatment requirements will vary. Hormonal imbalances are thought to be the cause of menstrual irregularities from a western medical point of view. Acupuncture has been shown to assist the endocrine system in keeping balanced levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body.
A German study of 201 women found that acupuncture relieved menstrual pain, severe cramps and discomfort. The majority of patients receiving acupuncture reported at least a 33% decrease in pain following 10 acupuncture treatments. There are no known side effects from acupuncture. Acupuncture is extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders including painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea, and PMS. (American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feb. 2008).