At some stage in their lives, most women will experience an abnormal menstrual cycle. This includes irregular periods or missed periods. For the average woman, it might not raise any red flags if it happens once or twice. But if an abnormal menstrual cycle occurs on a regular basis, it should be a cause for concern. Irregular menstruation can affect a woman’s daily life and make it difficult to conceive.
The treatment options for irregular menstruation varies depending on the diagnosis, its severity, the patient’s health history, treatment options, and the general recommendation of a health care professional. While common treatments for menstrual disorders range from over-the-counter medications to surgery, with a variety of options in between, many people also opt for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to help with menstruation problems or to support the typical treatment from western doctors.
Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and is used to provide relief from a wide range of symptoms. Acupuncture is performed by inserting thin, sterile needles at different acupuncture points (called meridians) in the body. The goal is to rebalance your body so its energy flow can circulate freely and harmoniously. In this way acupuncture can help activate the body’s natural healing mechanisms and facilitate recovery by improving bodily functions.
Acupuncture treatment is frequently used to help with irregular menstruation symptoms, reduce stress, and improve blood flow to the pelvic area and uterine lining. Acupuncture helps with the symptoms of irregular periods in the follwing three ways:
- Improves blood circulation – Acupuncture can help activate the energy gateways to remove qi blockages in the body’s meridians. Improved blood circulation can help the balance between ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’, and hence help regulate a woman’s period.
- Strengthens body and promotes robustness – Acupuncture can help strengthen energy levels and promote robustness by enhancing the ability of the human body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- Regulates yin yang harmony – Acupuncture helps restore Yin Yang harmony inside the body while also regulating the flow of energy. From the TCM’s point of view, where there is Yin Yang harmony, good health will follow.