What is Dysmenorrhea?
Risk Factors for Dysmenorrhea
Early menarche (
<12 years old) Nulliparity
Heavy or prolonged menstrual flow
Positive family history
Symptoms of Dysmenorrhea
Cramping pain in the lower abdomen, often at the onset of menstruation
Fainting in severe cases
TCM Perspectives of Dysmenorrhea
Liver Qi Constraint – affecting the reproductive organs, spleen, and stomach, and contributing to blood stasis, blood deficiency, and yin deficiency
Blood stasis – causing pain by physically obstructing the movement of qi and blood
Alternative Treatment Options
4 Substance Decoction ( Si Wu Tang)
Shu Di Huang 4-21g
Strengthens the Liver and Kidneys and nourishes the Yin of the Blood.
With Bai Shao, strongly nourishes Liver Blood.
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao 4-15g
Nourishes Blood, preserves Yin, calms Liver Yang, and alleviates pain.
With Dang Gui, nourishes Yin and Blood.
With Dang Gui and Shu Di Huang, for dizziness, blurred vision, and dysmenorrhea due to Blood Deficiency or Blood Stasis.
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui 4-12g
Nourishes and invigorates the Blood, regulates Liver and Kidneys, regulates menses, and alleviates pain.
With Shu Di Huang, Bai Shao, and Chuan Xiong, for menstrual irregularity, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea due to Blood Deficiency or Stasis.
Chuan Xiong 3-9g
Invigorates Blood, moves Qi, releases Stagnation, and alleviates pain.
With Dang Gui, for Blood Deficiency causing menstrual problems including dysmenorrhea, scanty menses, and amenorrhea.
It’s a type of bodywork that uses gentle pressure to relieve compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back), and spinal column.
Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)
Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend (Upavistha Konasana)
Reclining Twist (Bharadvaja)
Modified Shoulder Stand/ Inverted Leg pose (Viparita Karani)
Head to Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasan)
High or Low-intensity exercise (running, cycling, yoga, stretching, Tai Qi, pilates)
Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, calcium, vitamin D, food low in animal fats
Avoid foods with high salt content and caffeine
Drink more water and herbal teas such as chamomile