Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Dysmenorrhea occurs when a woman experiences irregularly painful menstruation, characterized by extreme lower abdominal and back pain. An individual is considered to have primary dysmenorrhea when she experiences pain near the beginning of their period and is otherwise healthy. In women with secondary dysmenorrhea, pain can be attributed to some underlying condition or issue in the uterus or surrounding region.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for dysmenorrhea.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps)


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps):

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The following (15) acupuncture points may be useful for dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (11) Chinese herbs currently associated with dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps)

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan

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Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan

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Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan

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Si Wu Tang Wan

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Wen Jing Tang Wan

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Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan

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