period painHow can Chinese Medicine Help?

A woman’s menstrual cycle plays such a fundamental and central role in her life that it is an area where much imbalance can occur. As such, gynaecological disorders make up more than half of the patient complaints that we treat.

Unfortunately it is also an area where there is a lack of conventional treatments. In broad terms, for a young woman with menstrual irregularity, period pains, pmt, lack of periods etc, the main suggested treatment is to use the contraceptive pill. While this may sometimes work, it has always seemed odd to me to have a single treatment for all these different conditions. If a woman is menopausal and having problems, then the suggestion of HRT arises. In general, there is a great lack of treatment options for an area which some reports suggests affects up to 90% of women at some time or another.

A woman’s menstrual cycle is often a very delicate hormonal balance. When this delicate balance is disturbed by various stresses and strains of life, problems occur. Acupuncture is a very subtle treatment, looking closely and carefully at what imbalance has occurred and this is why  it is particularly effective in treating gynaecological disorders.

Chinese medicine has recognised gynaecology for over 2000 years, and has always been one of its main areas. Its development over the centuries has led it to be a very subtle and sophisticated system while at the same time maintaining a very simple basis.

I find that with my patients, many women consider menstrual irregularities as normal. Because they have always had painful periods or PMT or other symptoms and have never had treatment, they consider it will always be this way. This is not true, and while it may not able to help everyone there are a lot of people that can benefit from treatment.

The most common complaints treated are:

Painful periods
Irregular periods
Heavy periods
PMT/Premenstrual bloating/headaches or breast tenderness
Polycystic ovaries