Can Acupuncture help with Menstrual Cramps, Painful Periods, Period Pain, Primary Dysmenorrhoea or Secondary Dysmenorrhoea?
A basic menstrual cycle breakdown:
Approximately every 28 days the uterus contracts to expel it’s lining if there has been no sperm to fertilize an egg. This process is triggered by prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are chemicals that are present in uterus lining during menstruation that may trigger pain or cramps, if severe enough can be similar to labour pain.
Other triggered symptoms or pre menstrual syndrome symptoms (PMS) may include:
Menstrual cramps may be more severe in patients with the following:
If you present with severe period pain, we recommend a visit to your local GP or doctor for further investigation.
This will help determine if you have any health complications or if you are just suffering from severe pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.
A check-up will also help your Acupuncturist make a more accurate diagnosis ensuring an individualised treatment plan is designed to suit you – after all, your health and wellbeing is our only concern. So we like to know exactly what is going on internally, to help us get to the root cause of any problems or imbalances.
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the functioning of various internal body organs to determine if you have an excess or deficient condition. Upon determining a diagnosis, your tongue and pulse will be investigated to help understand the quality and quantity of qi (energy) and blood. This information is vital for your practitioner in combination with your health history or any current or previous PMS signs or symptoms. This will help conclude if there is any qi or blood stagnation present within your body that may impair a harmonious menstrual flow.
Your acupuncture treatments will aim to help regulate your menstrual cycle and hormones naturally. We do this by working closely with you and each phase of your menstrual cycle including: pre-period, during, post-period and help assist your ovulatory phase - important if you are wishing to conceive.
If you experience painful periods or any of the above mentioned PMS symptoms and would like to see if acupuncture treatments can help assist you, simply contact us!
If you have any questions regarding acupuncture or if it can help you - a friend or family member with PMS or painful periods please contact us on (07) 5515 0409.
We look forward to helping you!