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Painful Menstrual Periods Explained in TCM

Painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea, are menstrual cramps or lower abdominal pain that occur just before, during, or after a menstrual period.

Painful periods can range in severity from mild discomfort to severe pain that interferes with daily activities.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), painful periods are often considered to be caused by imbalances or blockages in the body's Qi (energy), blood, and organ systems.

Some common root causes of painful periods in TCM include:

  • Blood and Qi Stagnation:

When the flow of blood and Qi is blocked or stagnant, it can lead to pain, cramping, and discomfort during menstruation.

  • Cold in the Uterus:

Coldness in the uterus can cause contraction and spasms of the muscles in the uterus, leading to painful periods.

  • Deficiency of Blood and Qi:

If the body is deficient in blood and Qi, it may not be able to provide enough nourishment to the uterus, leading to pain and discomfort during menstruation.

  • Liver Qi Stagnation:

In TCM, the Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. When the Liver Qi is stagnant, it can lead to painful periods.

These factors may cause poor quality of eggs, the normal release of an egg, and poor ability to hold a pregnancy, which then leads to infertility.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help with painful periods. This holistic approach often includes acupuncture, herbal remedies, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle changes to restore balance in the body and facilitate the smooth flow of Qi and blood.

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