Menstruation Disorders - Dysmenorrhea - Ocupunture in TCM Perspective
All women experience menstrual disorder sometimes during their child bearing years, before menopause.
While Western medication has never viewed that irregular menstruation is a problem of women reproductive system, traditional Chinese medicine looks at this problem seriously, if untreated, it will disharmonize the women ecosystem, leading to nervous tension and other health problems, including infertility.
In this article, we will discuss suggested acupuncture points help to treat dysmenorrhea.
A. Blood and qi stagnation
1. Blood stagnation
Blood stagnation is defined as a condition of blood has become obstructed and does not flows freely to the entire body. Suggested acupuncture points of channels liver, stomach, large intestine and heart: ST36 (Zusanli), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP10 (Xuehai), UB40 (Weizhong), UB 17 (Geshu)
a) Qi stagnation
Blood stagnation is defined as a condition of qi has become obstructed or weaken and does not flows freely to the entire body. Suggested points of acupuncture for qi stagnation of liver channel: LI4 (Hegu), LV3 (Taichong), ST36 (Zusanli), GB20 (Fengchi)
2. Blood deficiency
Blood deficiency is defined as condition of which there are not enough blood to circulate to the entire body. Suggested points of acupuncture: ST36 (Zusanli), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), LV3 (Taichong), UB11 (Dazhu) and UB17 (Geshu)
3. Damp Heat
Damp heat is defined as a condition of excessive yin deficiency or the failure of yin to control yang and yang becomes hyperactive. Suggested acupuncture points of channel spleen,
stomach, liver and lung: ST36 (Zusanli), ST40 (Fenglong), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP9 (Yinling), ST8 (Touwei), LV3 (Taichong), ST41(Jiexi), SP10 (Xuehai) and KD6 (Zhaohai)
Dampness is defined as a condition of excessive fluids accumulated in the body and wind is caused the extensive imbalance of either yin or yang and qi and blood. Suggested acupuncture points of channels of spleen, stomach, and lung: ST36 (Zusanli), ST40 (Fenglong), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP9 (Yinling), ST8 (Touwei), Lu6 (kongqui), LI4 (Hegu) and CV12 (Zhongwan).
5. Imbalance of Kidney or Liver
a) Kidney is defined as a organ in regulating the reproductive system, function of uterus and growth of our body. Kidney deficiency suggested acupuncture point of channels of kidney: UB23 (Shenshu), GV4 (Mingmen), CV4(Guanyuan), KD3 (Guan Yuan), UB 52 (Zhishi)
b) Abnormal function of liver may disrupt the qi and blood flow in the body, leading to blockage of the meridian system. liver deficiency acupuncture point of channels of liver and large intestine: LV 3 (Taichong), LI (Hegu), BL18 (Gan shu) CV12 (zhongwan). The above is only some suggested point for illustration only, please consult with your acupuncturist before applying Hormone Replacement .
LV: Liver channel GB: Gallbladder channel UB: Bladder channel CV: Conception vessel channel SP: Spleen channels LI: Large intestine channel KD: Kidney channel GV: Governing vessel channel TH: Triple heater channel BL (UB) Bladder LU: Lung channel ST: Stomach channel PC: Pericardium channel HT: Heart channel REN (CV): Conception vessel channel.