This is a broad topic covering a variety of issues from PMS, to fertility, to menopause and everything in between. One of the most common chief complaints I get in my clinic is problems with the menstrual cycle, so in this post I will cover that issue.
The onset of the menstrual cycle is known as menarche and it should start between the ages of 12 and 15. If the period starts before age 12 this is caused my an imbalance of the Spleen meridian. If the period starts later than age 15 this is caused by an imbalance in the Kidney meridian.
A woman's cycle should range from 26 to 32 days. This is considered a normal cycle in TCM. The flow should last 4 to 6 days. The color should start out darker, then become a deep red and finish lighter in color with NO clots. It should also be asymptomatic, which means NO PMS! That's right, PMS is NOT normal it is just very common. Can you even imagine a life without all of the crazy mood swings, breast tenderness and cramps?! I didn't know it was possible until I started getting Acupuncture!
Acupuncture is a natural approach that can be very effective in treating menstrual cramps and other symptoms associated with PMS. Acupuncture can address PMS symptoms naturally, by restoring balance and harmony, both physically and emotionally. In Chinese medicine, the root cause of PMS is usually an imbalance or blockage of Qi and blood within specific organ and meridian systems. When Qi and blood become imbalanced or blocked, symptoms associated with PMS will occur.
According to Chinese medicine a few of the main organ systems that play a role in menstruation are the Spleen, the Liver, the Kidneys, and the Heart. The Spleen produces blood and keeps the uterus in place. The Liver moves Qi and stores blood for menses. The Kidneys store Essence, and the Heart governs Blood circulation for menstrual flow. The TCM practitioner will do a detailed intake to find out which organ system is out of balance. Specific acupuncture points will be used to restore balance and relieve the symptoms.