Menstrual Pain Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for painful menstrual periods which are caused by uterine contractions. It is one of the most commonly encountered gynaecologic disorders and for those suffering from severe dysmenorrhea, it can mean they are incapacitated for up to three days or more every month.
The adjunct symptoms that accompany menstrual pain includes PMS, menstrual-migraines, breast pain, bloating, sugar cravings, low back pain, fatigue, unexplained infertility, irritability, and mood swings.
Dysmenorrhea is classified into two types: primary, where no known health conditions can account for the painful cramps, and secondary, during which the pain occurs as a result of a diagnosed disorder, for example, fibroids or endometriosis. The treatment of dysmenorrhea usually involves some sort of pain medication and rest, but there are alternatives.
Seeking assistance from a trained natural health professional via acupuncture, herbal medicine and/ or naturopathy, supports those seeking solutions for dysmenorrhea and significantly improves all round equilibrium.
The cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is what we call “pattern differentiation.” As informed by this diagnostic framework, Anne don’t simply treat named diseases, she treats patterns. Patterns are groups of signs and symptoms, and the patterns identified in Chinese medicine have been used to help billions of people for thousands of years.
Compared to conventional approaches to mental health, Traditional Chinese Medicine has a unique approach dysmenorrhea.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the issue of dysmenorrhea could reflect as both physical and mental disharmony within the individual and will be reflective of an individual “Pattern of Disharmony”.
No matter if a client is attending for acupuncture, herbal medicine or naturopathy, a treatment plan will be based on a personalised in-depth consultation to first evaluate causality and identity this “Pattern”.
The initial consultation takes account of all possible contributions to dysmenorrhea (e.g time of life, medications, recreational drug use, sporting activities, past illness or trauma, post-surgical adhesions, injury, stressors, diet and lifestyle factors etc.).
A personalized treatment plan will be put in place then to reducing acute symptoms and restore equilibrium to the body; to improve overall mental health and overall wellness.
That’s in light of the principle that T.C.M and holistic medicine in general is a mind/body medicine which aims to optimise the health and wellbeing of the whole person.
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Articles & Studies
- “Acupuncture Is The Only Thing That Helped Me Regulate My Menstrual Cycle”By Irina Grechko
- Herbal medicine for painful periods
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