• Pain starts before menstruation
  • Moderate pain such as distention or discomfort in the lower abdomen and breasts
  • Bleeding appears to be rather dark colored
  • Menstruation is accompanied with PMS, irritability etc.

Qi Stagnation (No.1) and Blood Stagnation (No.2)

Stagnation of Qi and Stagnation of Blood are common causes of dysmenorrhea. In both cases, the principle is that there is a lack of movement in the uterus. How to prevent Qi (your vital energy) and blood from stagnating? You need to move and avoid negative emotions, such as anger, frustration, worry and guilt; these are emotions that affect the circulation of Qi and blood.

  • Regular physical exercise promotes Qi and blood movement and it helps to remove blockages which can cause menstrual cramps.
  • Heat application on painful areas can help blood circulation and boost Qi. It will help Qi and blood to circulate more fluidly.
  • Massage selected acupuncture points daily for 2-3 mins.

Tai Chong LV.3: on the foot about two finger widths above the place where the skin of your big toe and the next toe join. 

San Yin Jiao SP. 6: locate the highest peak of the ankle, measure four finger widths up the inner side of your leg.

 

 

 

  • Pain prior to menstruation or during menstruation
  • Fixed pain in the lower abdomen, intense sharp pain feels like stabbing
  • Bleeding appears to be dark colored, and is accompanied with clots

Qi Stagnation (No.1) and Blood Stagnation (No.2)

Stagnation of Qi and Stagnation of Blood are common causes of dysmenorrhea. In both cases, the principle is that there is a lack of movement in the uterus. How to prevent Qi (your vital energy) and blood from stagnating? You need to move and avoid negative emotions, such as anger, frustration, worry and guilt; these are emotions that affect the circulation of Qi and blood.

  • Regular physical exercise promotes Qi and blood movement and it helps to remove blockages which can cause menstrual cramps.
  • Heat application on painful areas can help blood circulation and boost Qi. It will help Qi and blood to circulate more fluidly.
  • Massage selected acupuncture points daily for 2-3 mins.

Tai Chong LV.3: on the foot about two finger widths above the place where the skin of your big toe and the next toe join.

San Yin Jiao SP. 6: locate the highest peak of the ankle, measure four finger widths up the inner side of your leg.

 

 

 

  • Pain before or after menstruation
  • Cold sensation in the abdomen or on the back
  • Light periods with bright red-colored bleeding
  • Bleeding is accompanied with dark clots

This type of menstrual cramps is more often found in teens. Cold enters the body which prevents the movement of Qi and blood in the uterus. How to prevent the cold from entering? Cover yourself, stay warm, eat warming food.

  • In cold weather, make sure to wear clothing that covers the lower abdomen and lower back.
  • Avoid getting cold feet by wearing proper shoes and avoid walking barefoot when it is cold or on cold surfaces.
  • The application of heat on the lower belly and lower back will help eliminate the cold as well.
  • In Chinese diet therapy, red meat and certain spices are known to have a warming effect.
  • Ginger:

A classic herbal go-to drink for menstrual cramps. In Chinese medicine, ginger is a very popular medicinal plant. Besides its warming property, it is known to have a great anti-inflammatory power which can be very useful during menstruation.

Gingembre

  • Pain felt towards the end or after menstruation
  • Dull pain
  • Pressure and massages can relieve the pain
  • Light periods

This type of dysmenorrhea differs from the others, the other types are mostly caused by stagnation and excess, this type is caused by a deficiency; which means the body needs to gain strength, to be nourished and rejuvenated. What can you do to boost your Energy and Blood? We must work on the reserves!

  • Rest when you feel tired. Make sure you have at least 8 hours of sleep per night and improve the quality of sleep.
  • Avoid demanding sports and opt for activities that are quieter and less intense.
  • Be sure to feed yourself in sufficient quantity and quality at regular times to help your digestive system produce energy and blood.

And here are two Chinese medicine herbs to boost your Qi and nourish your Blood,

Both herbs can be prepared as herbal tea, and taken regularly. 

Ginseng Radix Ginseng

Ginseng is sweet in taste, and has a slight warming effect.  A regular intake can reinforce original Qi, calm the mind, nourish the blood.

Huang Qi, Radix Astragali

Huang Qi is sweet in taste, warming in effect. It tonifies Qi, raise yang and nourish blood.

 

Acupuncture is a proven approach to treat dysmenorrhea. It is a natural medicine that aims to regulate hormones and the cycle to reduce or even eliminate negative symptoms. To read more about dysmenorrhea, click here.

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