Acupuncture For Menstrual Pain


  This article was originally published by Acupunctureinvermont.com.



What Causes Menstrual Pain?

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for period cramps. Cramping with the menstrual cycle often occurs after 1-2 years of menstruating. Pain is experienced in the low abdomen and/or back and may also be felt in the legs. Spasms and cramping are the most commonly experienced symptoms of menstrual pain. These pains may be eliminated after a woman gives birth. Secondary dysmenorrhea involves irregularities in the reproductive organs. This may be endometriosis, fibroids or PID (pelvic inflammatory disease). The pain in these cases is severe and often experienced before the menses begins.


How Does Western Medicine Treat Menstrual Pain?

Modern medicine’s solution to menstrual pains is often birth control pills, pain medications, or surgery. It is also often recommended to massage the area of pain and to use heat.


How Does Acupuncture Treat Menstrual Pain?

Acupuncture works naturally to reduce period pain without risky medications and side effects. We often combine Chinese herbal medicine, customized for each woman, to reduce period pain. We also use moxibustion and heat therapies. We effectively use acupuncture to reduce pain from both primary and secondary dysmenorrhea. Chinese medicine has defined period pain for thousands of years as being a blockage in the flow of blood and energy in the body.

We evaluate the health of the organs like the Liver, Kidneys, and Spleen and the health of blood to create custom treating plan to reduce menstrual pain. It is thought in traditional Chinese medicine, a woman must have a comfortably flowing menstrual cycle to achieve pregnancy. We often work with woman trying to conceive to smooth their menstrual cycle and to achieve pregnancy.

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