Over 50% of women will experience some sort of Gynaecology condition at a point in their life. Common conditions include PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome) or PMT, menstrual cramps, back ache, breast soreness, mood fluctuations, changes in bowel habits and upset digestive systems. Some may also suffer extremely heavy menstrual flow, severe pain, migraines, faintness or clotted menstrual blood. Conditions such as Endometriosis, Polysytic Ovarian Syndrome, Fibroids and Cysts are increasingly common.
Most women who suffer from these symptoms consider them ‘normal’ because it is all they have ever known. In Chinese Medicine however, these conditions are not normal but they are very treatable. In TCM, these conditions are considered to be caused as a result of the body being in a state of disharmony, which must be rectified to cure the condition long term. Most Gynaecololgical conditiions start because of poor dietary habits and emotional factors. Women often lack protein and essential fats in their diet and are usually consuming too many high GI carbohydrates. High levels of stress also has a sever effect on a woman’s health as well as excessive alcohol consumption.
At Shen Therapies we treat gynaecologicial conditions by giving dietary advice, using Chinese herbs and supplements and regular Acupuncture, restoring the body to harmony and ultimately treating the cause of the condition not just the symptoms.
Some facts on what a normal menstrual cycle are provided below.
A proper menstrual cycle should be 26 – 32 days in length. The flow should be 4 days, 5 at the most. If the flow is any longer, the woman can lose too much blood and become blood deficient, or low in iron. If the flow is shorter, than the body isn’t producing enough blood to nourish the uterus. This could bring about problems with eggs, or a fertilised egg not being able to implant itself and grow due to lack of circulation.
The blood flow should be a nice red consistency without any stopping and starting. A proper menstrual cycle shouldn’t have any clotting, pre-menstrual breast soreness, changes in the moods (irritability or teariness), changes in the bowel habits (constipation or diarrhoea), or changes to the digestive system such as bloating and fluid retention. These symptoms are all not normal and mean there are blockages in the system. In Chinese Medicine this pathology would be called “Liver Qi Stagnation” which then leads to “Liver Blood Stasis.”
In Chinese Medicine the menstrual cycle comes under the control of the Liver. The Liver also controls the free flow of emotions, the free flow of Qi in the body and stores the blood at night. Qi makes the blood move- if the Qi stops, then the blood stops. In this way, Qi Stagnation and Blood Stasis often go hand in hand and cause many of the imbalances seen in the menstrual cycle. Together they can cause such problems such as Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts and Uterine Fibroids and infertility.
If you are not getting a perfect period or you are experiencing any of the conditions outlined above, please call us to discuss treatment options. We look forward to helping you with a pain free, symptom free, regular menstrual cycle.