Painful Periods & Endometriosis

Recent research from the People’s Republic of China shows that Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can eliminate painful periods and remedy mild to moderate cases of endometriosis!Drs. Yang & Zhang, writing in Henan Traditional Chinese Medicine, report on the Chinese medical treatment of 50 women with dysmenorrhea (painful periods) due to a variety of causes, such as retroverted uterus, improper uterine development, abnormal thickening of the uterus and cervix, ovarian cysts, and uterine myoma.These women were treated from one cycle to 1/2 year with Chinese herbal medicine and according to the study, the painful periods experienced by all 50 women were remedied after treatment.A Dr. He, writing in Sichuan Traditional Chinese Medicine, describes the treatment of 40 cases of mild to moderate endometriosis with Chinese herbal medicine. In that study, 92.5% of the women ere either cured or significantly improved.There are literally hundreds of articles like the above published in China every year.In modern Western medicine, dysmenorrhea is treated with temporary painkillers and birth control pills; endometriosis with surgery and hormone therapy. These offer symptomatic relief but are invasive, expensive, or may have serious side effects.Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, on the other hand, are low cost in comparison, non-invasive, and have no side effects when properly applied by trained professionals.You don’t have to suffer with intense pain month after month, or loose time from work with a heating pad on the couch. There is an alternative, and Chinese medicine is it.And since Chinese medicine and acupuncture work by restoring balance to the entire body, not only is your major complaint brought under control, but your whole sense of health and well-being is improved.100 generations of Chinese doctors have shown empirically that Chinese medicine works and now, during our present time, this is supported by modern clinical research.Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) works to address menstrual conditions such as painful periods and or endometriosis by regulating a women’s mentrual cycle.  What this means is that Chinese Medicine addresses each phase of a women’s menstrual cycle (ie: menstrual phase, post-menstrual phase/Follicular/Proliferative phase, Ovulatory phase, & post-ovulatory phase/luteal phase/secretory phase), examining and addressing specific nuances within each phase with acupuncture, individually tailored Chinese Herbal Therapy and Nutritional and Dietary Therapy.Through the course of treatment the woman’s menstrual cycle will evolve.  This evolution, however, may sometimes start with symptoms worsening before beocoming better (ie: menstrual pain is more pronounced, menstrual flow becomes heavier, etc…).  Sometimes, these exacerbations may not occur in some patients, however, we like to make patients aware of this potential should these occurances arise during the treatment process.In order to properly and thoroughly change menstrual disharmonies, treatment usually consists of at least 4-6 months of treatment.  This time frame may be longer for some patients, while in other patients, it may be shorter. This treatment time-frame is required due to the cyclical nature of a woman’s menstrual cycle (ie: 28-30 days).  Every patient’s body and physiology is different and therefore we address and treat each patient according to her body’s individual needs.To learn more about different phases of “The Menstrual Cycle”, please visit our Menstrual Cycle Page.   Research A Benign Complex Ovarian Cyst Treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Case Study, by Kandace Cahill, DiplOM, LAc. – published in The American AcupuncturistAcupuncture for premenstrual syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. for primary dysmenorrhea. herbal medicine for endometriosis. gynaecological disorders with Traditional Chinese Medicine: A review. an Oracle: Using the Delphi Process to Develop Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Endometriosis with Chinese Herbal Medicine. *For additional information on any of the above or related conditions, please contact: *Note: Some of the above material has been resourced from Blue Poppy Press.