09. March 2017 · Comments Off on The NIH, Acupuncture Treatment, and Dysmenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In a release of a recent clinical study’s results on the effectiveness of acupuncture for the relief of dysmenorrhea pain in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the positive effects of this millennia-old Chinese alternative therapy were verified. The positive reaction of patients suffering from menstrual pain who were administered with acupuncture treatment in Pembroke Pine demonstrated the high level of efficacy of this treatment.

Marked by the development of painful menstrual cramps, dysmenorrhea is a condition that can be categorized either primary or secondary. Dysmenorrhea of the primary type cannot be attributed to any determined pelvic causation; secondary dysmenorrhea, on the other hand, can be determined by a specific pelvic pathology. Both types of dysmenorrhea have one common shared symptom and that is pain that usually is impervious to the effects of NSAID drugs in one out of every four cases.

The aforementioned clinical study involved the participation of patients who were suffering from moderate to severe form of dysmenorrhea who have had the condition for a minimum of one year from the beginning of the study and had no positive results from NSAID drugs.. All subjects were treated with acupuncture once a week for eight weeks. They all underwent a 30-minute session in which reed-thin acupuncture needles were stuck in pre-determined acupuncture points on the body.

Thirteen out of the fifteen patients who participated in the study exhibited significant positive results from acupuncture and reported a substantial decrease in pain related to their dysmenorrhea. Said subjects also reported a decrease in the use of NSAID medications following positive response to the alternative therapy. A considerable decrease in pain was reported by subjects having the primary type of dysmenorrhea. Seven out of 15 completely suspended their use of NSAIDs and instead solely relied on acupuncture. Six months later after they ended their use of NSAIDs, in follow-up treatment, the subjects remained free of symptoms.

The NIH (National Institute of Health) has officially recognized acupuncture as a mode of treatment that shows empirical pain-relieving qualities. The institute has endorsed this Eastern form of medicine for various medical problems, including dysmenorrhea. This alternative therapy has one major advantage and that it is virtually devoid of any negative reactions or events. Medical practitioners and professionals also deem it to be a non-invasive and very safe type of healing. Experts, in fact, believe that technique of inserting needles on strategic acupoints on the body help boost normal blood flow, especially in the parts of the body required for treatment.

22. January 2015 · Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnoses and Treatment for Dysmenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

There are different strategies a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner can take when it comes to dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation treatment primarily focuses on the main complaint of the patient: pain during menstruation. This condition is considered acute and needs to be immediately addressed over any other symptoms. Not only do TCM practitioners address the pain and other overlying symptoms of dysmenorrhea, they also treat the root of the reason that has led to the condition in the first place. This guarantees that there is no recurrence of the condition during the patient’s succeeding periods. To attain these objectives, the practitioner needs to determine the cause of the problem and select specific herbs as well as acupuncture points to address the symptoms and the cause.

Diagnosing the root cause of the problem, which acupuncturists call differentiation, is an extremely important part of the treatment process. The practitioner or acupuncturist first interviews the patient. The interview gives the acupuncturist an insight into the cause of the condition of the patient. Skill and care needs to be applied here. When treating dysmenorrheal, special attention to its symptoms and signs that can include the kind of pain, what eases the pain, the size of blood clots, the number of clots, the quality of the flow (whether it’s light or heavy), the color of the blood, and other factors need to be taken into consideration.

The herbs that are prescribed are typically taken three days prior to the start of the period and maintained for six menstrual cycles in order to obtain the best results. Without treatment, the dysmenorrheal pain will only worsen leading to added stress; eventually the condition will result in another disorder known as premenstrual syndrome or PMS. This is the reason why treatment needs to begin two to three days prior to the onset of menses.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis (Differentiations) All About?

The diagnostic terminologies used in Traditional Chinese medicine is very different from those utilized by Western Medicine. Acupuncturists and other traditional Chinese medicine practitioners use terms that are never heard of in Western medicine. The practitioner may use diagnostic terminologies such as wind heat, abundance of cold, blood stasis, heart fire, or spleen deficiency to address the underlying factors of a condition. They may sound odd to Western doctors but these terms have actually been used for thousands of years to resolve dozens of illnesses. When an acupuncturist tells his patient that he/she is suffering from spleen qi (pronounced chee), the acupuncturist is referring to an energy deficiency in a channel (meridian) where qi travels related to the spleen. Spleen qi deficiency then means that the energy flowing to the spleen is weak which is causing the spleen to malfunction. Terms like these were and are still used because thousands of years ago, they were terms found in nature and were the best ways to explain to the patient the things happening within his/her body.

One of the factors a traditional Chinese medicine physician needs to determine in a patient is the patient’s Yin and Yang balance. Yin and Yang is famously symbolized by the symbol of the Tai Ji which is half black and half white, with a dot of the opposite color in each half. Passivity, nourishment and rest are representations of Yin while activity, energy, and, motion represent Yang. Yin and Yang, like electricity, represent the duality of the universe and in order to be balanced and healthy, each of us must have a proper balance of these two energy polarities internally.

When it comes to dysmenorrhea, one can encounter two types of diagnostic terminologies:

1. Blood and Qi Stagnation

Stagnation of Qi means that there exists an obstruction of energy in one or more of the energy vessels where Qi travels. Blood stagnation, on the other hand, simply means that blood is not freely circulating in a certain part of the body. There is usually pain on the body part where blood is blocked, according to traditional Chinese medicine. Signs and symptoms of this diagnostic pattern include:

• Delayed menstruation – When menses arrive blood clots occur (clots usually indicate stagnation); the blood is typically dark red in color.

• Hypochondriac pain, the breasts are tender to the touch.

• Pain in the lower stomach during the first day of menstruation or one to two days before; the pain may linger throughout the entire term of the period.


TCM practitioners are known to use the herbal formula Tao Hong Si Wu Tang to treat Blood and Qi stagnation. This herbal formula is readily available at your local Chinese drug store.

The aim of the treatment involves the restoration of blood and qi flow to alleviate the pain. Stress can cause this problem and if this is the case, acupuncturists may diagnose the condition as liver qi stagnation, which is one of the most common conditions experienced by individuals in traditional Chinese medicine


Stagnation of Qi usually develops when a person experiences a strong emotion such as stress, anger, or depression.

The pain associated with blood and qi stagnation typically vanishes two or three days after the start of menstruation. This is because blood starts to flow then.

Blood stagnation is similar to Western medicine’s diagnosis of blood supply inadequacy in the lining of the uterus.

2. Blood Stasis Caused by Overabundance of Cold

The term Blood stasis is defined as the inability of blood to flow freely. Overabundance of Cold means the there is too much YIn than Yang in the body.

Blood stasis signs and symptoms may include:

• Dark red menstrual blood that clots; The clots and blood may look like black bean juice
• Pain experienced one to two days prior to or during menses
• Scanty and delayed menses
• Lower stomach pain that gets better with warmth
• The person may have cold limbs or has an aversion to cold


Overabundance of Cold can occur from overexposure to cold. One can develop this condition by too much eating of smoothies or ice cream, staying in an air conditioned long for too long, cold water swimming, staying outdoors on a chilly climate for several hours.


The aim of treatment is obviously to warm the body through acupuncture needles inserted at specific meridians in order to restore normal menstrual flow and to alleviate pain.

Complementing acupuncture are herbal formulas such as Warm Cycle Tea pill and Wen Jing Tang to help treat blood stasis caused by cold. They have the ability to nourish and move blood as well as warm the meridians.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

30. September 2014 · Comments Off on One of the best treatments for the relief of dysmenorrhea is acupuncture due to its ability in balancing and correcting hormones. · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A woman usually experiences dysmenorrhea for the first time when she has her first menstrual period. This typically is about the age of 12. Severe cramping is experienced by about 40% of cases while around 50% will experience mild abdominal pains. Other serious conditions such as cancer, endometriosis, scar tissue in the uterus and tumors may develop in around 10% of these young women.

For a lot of women, dysmenorrhea is not really a serious health issue although at times, it can be irritating and may cause great anguish. Some medical scientists believe that the symptoms of dysmenorrhea may be due to fluctuations in the menstrual hormones that can result in the accumulation and stagnation of blood in the pelvic walls, the ovary, and the uterus.

People suffering from dysmenorrhea may sense something painful in their lower stomach that can radiate to their lumbar area. The pain may linger a few days prior to the menstrual cycle and up to the course of the cycle before slowly dissipating at the end of the cycle. Sufferers of dysmenorrhea are more prone to experience vomiting, queasiness, dizziness and headaches. The magnitude of the pain may differ although in certain instances can be so severe that the sufferer may be unable to go to work.

In order to address recurring pain, warming the lower abdomen and taking painkilling drugs are good ideas; in severe cases, hormonal contraceptives can provide relief. These medications need to be taken all over again when their effects run out. Furthermore, they come with side effects that do harm to the body.

In the realm of naturopathic and alternative medicine, one of the best treatments for the relief of dysmenorrhea is acupuncture due to its ability in balancing and correcting hormones. Moreover, it relaxes the muscles of the ovary and pelvic walls, treats the congestion of blood and helps boost the flow of blood around the ovary pelvis.

In a typical acupuncture treatment of dysmenorrhea, the acupuncturist inserts very thin acupuncture needles into the body to enervate the nervous system that is situated in a number of areas, including the lower abdomen, leg and arms. Usually, the acupuncturist will schedule the patient an appointment two weeks ahead of her menstrual cycle and acupuncture is then given two times a week to alleviate or prevent the pain from arising. The frequency and the number of needles to be used though is based on the degree of pain the patient experiences. In mild pain, just a few sessions are enough; for women suffering from severe symptoms, laparoscopy or hormone adjusters may be the best option.

Before acupuncture treatment, women should get enough sleep and eat moderately. Expect to feel some tenderness in the parts of the body where needles are being inserted. Electrical currents can also be experienced flowing in the meridians or pathways of energy when the acupuncturist puts in the needles next to a nerve. In order to get best results, the needles need to stay in the patient’s skin for about 20 to 30 minutes. The patient may need to flex her muscles on the site where the needles are inserted to ensure that the needles do not get caught in the muscles. This may not really be dangerous but it can still caused bleeding and pain when the needles start to be removed. After this, the patient is then is allowed to move her body slightly and relax her muscles. The acupuncturist should know during the treatment if the patient experiences any breathing difficulty, chest ache, wooziness, or dizziness.

After the treatment session is over, the patient should avoid taking a bath for a couple of hours at least and drink warm water. Acupuncture treatment for dysmenorrhea should not be performed on pregnant women who are suffering from dysmenorrhea or on women with blood clotting problems, suffering from blood disease or on women with cancer who have not been treated with modern medicine.


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