We are often asked how we tackle women's health issues, especially period pain or dysmenorrhoea.
Chinese Medicine sees all your symptoms as connected. With this in mind we will ask you about your menstrual cycle. Some of the question may seem odd initially but the answers you give allows us to understand the reasons behind your period pain or women's health concern.
Some of the questions we ask are-
Is your period painful?
Do you need to take time off from work or school to cope with period pain?
Is there clotting in the blood flow?
Do you get irritable or have sensitive breasts prior to your period?
Do you suffer from constipation prior to your period or bloating?
Do you suffer mood swings, skin outbreaks and bloating, especially around the time of your menstrual cycle?
Many women are affected by these symptoms and rely on painkillers and the contraceptive pill or may have to take time off work, or adapt their lifestyle to deal with these symptoms.
The research in support of Chinese Medicine is unclear in supporting you through the difficult times during your menstrual phase, it is best to talk to your GP and a Chinese Herbalist to ascertain if we can help you.
The Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence (Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine) found NHMRC Level I evidence for
Acupuncture for the management of acute pain for primary Dysmenorrhoea (1).
1. Schug SA, Palmer GM, Scott DA, Halliwell R, Trinca J. Acute pain management: scientificevidence, fourth edition, 2015. The Medical journal of Australia. 2016;204(8):315-7.