Women with irregular menstruation may experience heavy bleeding during their periods, infrequent or frequent menstrual periods, or spotting between periods. These characteristics can be attributed to several different underlying problems including Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Endometriosis, Oligomenorrhea, Premature Ovarian Failure, and Uterine Fibroids.
Amenorrhea refers to the loss or absence of a woman's menstrual cycle that is not due to pregnancy. Dysmenorrhea occurs when a woman experiences irregularly painful menstruation, characterized by extreme lower abdominal and back pain. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside the uterus, most commonly in the pelvic area. When menstruation occurs, these tissue growths respond the same as those inside the uterus--breaking down into blood and tissue and exiting the body. However the endometrial tissue growing outside the uterus has no place to go. This can cause heavy menstruation, severe menstrual cramping, intestinal pain, spotting or bleeding between periods, fatigue, painful urination and/or bowel movements during menstruation, and infertility.
Women with Oligomenorrhea have infrequent or occasional menstrual periods. Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) is a halt in the normal functioning of the ovaries in women under age 40. Fibroids are benign masses of muscle cells and tissue that grow in and on the uterus. These growths can cause heavy or painful menstrual periods, lower back pain, excessive urination, pain during sex, pelvic pressure or reproductive issues such as miscarriages or infertility.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for irregular menstruation.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of irregular menstruation 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 irregular menstruation:
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 Irregular Menstruation
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating irregular menstruation. For a complete list from our store with more details see our irregular menstruation formula section.
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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 (1) chinese herb may be useful for irregular menstruation. 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.
Pale complexion, fatigue, low stamina, light headedness, vertigo, palpitations (may be frequent), anxiety, poor appetite, reduced energy for speaking.
The Pulse will be thin and frail or large and weak and the Tongue will be pale with a white coat.
Depression, anxiety, Headache, vertigo, hypochondriac pain, fatigue, poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth. In women - PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation, fertility issues.
The Pulse will be wiry and deficient and the Tongue will be pale-red/purplish.