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Irregular Periods Explained In TCM

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), normal menstruation is a reflection of balance and harmony within the body.

Normal menstruation has the following characteristics:

  • Regular and smooth flow of blood

  • Minimal discomfort or pain

  • Age of Menarche: normal menarche age is typically the age of 12-16

  • Length of Cycle: a normal cycle is about 21-35 days

  • Length of Menstruation: on average 3-7 days

  • Amount of Menstruation: a normal amount is about 50-80 mL

  • Menses Colour and Texture: bright red and thick blood without, or with little clots

Abnormal menstruation may be:

  • Preceded Cycle: menstrual cycles less than 21 days

  • Delayed Cycle: menstrual cycles of more than 35 days

  • Long-Lasting Menstruation: menses lasting more than 7 days

  • Scanty Menstruation: less than 50 mL of blood

  • Profuse Menstruation: more than 80 mL of blood

  • Dysmenorrhea: painful period (before, during, or after)

In TCM, irregular periods can be a symptom of an underlying imbalance or disharmony in the body's internal organs, specifically the Liver, Spleen, and Kidney. These organs are responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and maintaining reproductive health.

If there is a deficiency or excess of Qi (vital energy) or blood in these organs, it can cause irregular periods. For example, Liver Qi stagnation, which is a common TCM diagnosis for irregular periods, can cause menstrual cycle disturbances and potentially lead to infertility.

Furthermore, irregular periods can make it difficult to predict ovulation and the time of intercourse for conception, and predicting ovulation (which is necessary for conception) will ultimately reduce the likelihood of pregnancy.

Overall, TCM views menstrual health as an essential aspect of a woman's overall well-being, and practitioners may use acupuncture, herbal remedies, and lifestyle recommendations to support and restore balance to the reproductive system.

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