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Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) is defined as a condition of severe uterine pain during menstruation. Some women may experience periodic pains during or prior to, or after menstrual periods in the lower abdomen as resulting of over production of certain hormones in the prostaglandins family. In traditional Chinese medicine, dysmenorrhea is defined as a pain in the lower abdomen, appearing with menstrual cycle that can spread over to the whole abdomen and lumbosacral region, depending to diagnosis.
Girls in South East Asia have learnt in their early women life from grand mother wisdom, that they do not engage in any activity that distorts their regular period. Menstruation disorders should be treated immediately, otherwise, it may cause wide range of women diseases, such as infertility, according to traditional Chinese medicine. In this article, we will discuss dysmenorrhea - causes of heat pattern in TCM perspective.
TCM Treatment of Dysmenorrhea - Acupuncture
Suggested acupuncture points to treat dysmenorrhea include
A. Blood and qi stagnation
1. Blood stagnation
Blood stagnation is defined as a condition of blood has become obstructed and does not flows freely to the entire body. Suggested acupuncture points of channels liver, stomach, large intestine and heart.
ST36 (Zusanli), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP10 (Xuehai ), UB40 (Weizhong), UB 17 (Geshu)
a) Qi stagnation
Blood stagnation is defined as a condition of qi has become obstructed or weakened and can not flows freely to the entire body. Suggested points of acupuncture for qi stagnation of liver channel
LI4 (Hegu), LV3 (Taichong), ST36 ( Zusanli), GB20 (Fengchi)
B . Blood deficiency
Blood deficiency is defined as condition of not enough blood to circulate to the entire body. Suggested points of acupuncture
ST36 (Zusanli), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), LV3 (Taichong), UB11 (Dazhu ) and UB17( Geshu)
3. Damp Heat
Damp heat is defined as a condition of excessive yin deficiency or the failure of yin to control yang and yang becomes hyperactive. Suggested acupuncture points of channel spleen, stomach, liver and lung.
ST36 (Zusanli), ST40 ( Fenglong) , SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP9 (Yinling), ST8 (Touwei), LV3 (Taichong), ST41(Jiexi), SP10 (Xuehai ) and KD6 (Zhaohai)
Dampness is defined as a condition of excessive fluids accumulated in the body and wind is caused the extensive imbalance of either yin or yang and qi and blood. Suggested acupuncture points of channels of spleen, stomach, and lung
ST36 (Zusanli), ST40 (Fenglong), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP9 (Yinling), ST8 (Touwei), Lu6 (kongqui), LI4 (Hegu) and CV12 (Zhongwan).
5. Imbalance of Kidney or Liver
a) Kidney is defined as a organ in regulating the reproductive system, function of uterus and growth of our body. Kidney deficiency suggested acupuncture point of channels of kidney
UB23 (Shenshu), GV4 (Mingmen), CV4(Guanyuan), KD3 (Guan Yuan), UB 52 (Zhishi)
b) Abnormal function of liver may disrupt the qi and blood flow in the body, leading to blockage of the meridian system. liver deficiency acupuncture point of channels of liver and large intestine
LV 3 (Taichong), LI (Hegu), BL18 (Gan shu), CV12 (zhongwan).
The above is only some suggested point for illustration only, please consult with your acupuncturist before applying.
LV: Liver channel, GB: Gallbladder channel, UB: Bladder channel, CV: Conception vessel channel, SP: Spleen channels, LI: Large intestine channel, KD: Kidney channel, GV: Governing vessel channel, TH: Triple heater channel, BL (UB) Bladder, LU: Lung channel, ST: Stomach channel, PC: Pericardium channel, HT: Heart channel, REN (CV): Conception vessel channel.
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