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 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).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps):
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With 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.)
The following (11) chinese herbs may be useful for dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps). In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.