It is quite surprising how many women think that it is normal to experience pain before or during menstruation. Thousands take days off work or resort to painkillers every month for years on end, just because they never questioned the 'common sense' or because the doctor gave the "all clear" at a recent check up.
It is bad enough that we have to give birth in pain, but where does it say that we have to have painful periods?
Any pain anywhere in the body is a sign that the energy is not flowing smoothly, that blood and body fluids are getting stuck at the site of the pain. The earlier you decide to do something about it, the easier it is to treat. A slight shift in lifestyle (change in diet or exercise routine) might be enough for some. For a more chronic problem it is recommended to have acupuncture for at least three menstrual cycles.
Nowadays girls with very painful or heavy periods are often put on the pill, which buries the immediate problems deeper until they materialize later in life as gynaecological disorders, recognizable by hi-tech medical equipment.
Chinese medicine is able to pick up earlier signs of disharmony, and even it out without the need for surgery or strong medication.
Acupuncture research papers and clinical studies:
Regulating menstrual cycle
- PMT: herbal support,
- painful or heavy periods
- short or long cycle
- breast tenderness
- mood swings