Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can do so much to help curb the flow of a heavy period. Traditional Chinese Medicine has helped manage women's periods for over 2500 years.
Menorrhagia or heavy bleeding is often seen in early perimenopause and the teen years when hormone levels shift and progesterone levels fall and estrogen levels rise. The excess estrogen levels give rise to heavy menstrual bleeding. Anemia is commonly seen with heavy bleeding and women complain of serious fatigue. A supplement with iron is imperative to combat anemia.
I have women come into my practice here in Burlington Vermont to help with the symptoms that they face such as profuse menstrual bleeding with sudden flooding, depression, moodiness, thirst, nausea and even vomiting. All of the above symptoms point to a Liver Qi Stagnation turning into heat. The stagnant liver qi turns into heat which actually heats up the blood and causes excessive bleeding. In Acupuncture theory, this can sometimes be due to repressed anger, resentment or frustration. Our emotions play a significant role in the health of our bodies. It is very helpful to feel our anger and express it healthily as opposed to just pushing it down. During the acupuncture treatment, I would pacify the Liver, move Qi(vital energy) eliminate stagnation and clear heat, cool blood and stop bleeding.
Acupuncture is so powerful a method to manipulate blood that a treatment can bring about the period a week or so early. I see that in my practice often.
Menstrual issues rapidly respond to herbs and acupuncture. Other symptoms of Liver qi stagnation are a pent-up feeling before there cycle, where the patient feels like crying or just lashing out for no apparent reason. Patients feel relief quickly from the emotional ups and downs and gain their equipoise after three or four treatments. So if you come in during your cycle by the time the next cycle begins the period is better, less heavy, less clotting and less moodiness.
Chinese medicine recognizes that lifestyle comes into play to prevent heavy menstrual bleeding. Diet is very important so eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep especially during the cycle and managing stressful emotions by not focusing on negative thoughts and resentments are ways in which to help with menorrhagia. Exercise is crucial but during a heavy cycle, it is best to lie low and just do a gentle exercise like walking and stretching.
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