I came across this great article about Traditional Chinese Medicine on Women’s Health. See below ….
As a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner specializing in Women’s Health, many of the women that come to my practice have menstrual imbalances resulting in painful periods, pre-menstrual syndrome, lack of periods, irregular cycles, uterine cysts and fibroids. For all menstrual issues, there are certain preventative measures to be taken in order to enjoy a smoother period. I have to say that regular acupuncture treatments and a customized herbal formula can have amazing results. Women start to have pain-free periods with minimal pre-menstrual symptoms. With support, women no longer dread their cycles and actually experience them with ease.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine we recommend specific lifestyle changes to be made especially around the menses. My approach is to see this as a time to honor our bodies. Menses is a reminder of this beautiful capacity to reproduce.
First things first, you need to keep track of your cycle. Note the day your menstrual cycle begins on a calendar. Day One of your menses is considered the first day that bleeding begins. By keeping track of your cycle, you can be more connected to your body and your natural hormonal shifts. You can find out how many days between cycles, when ovulation is expected, and when to prepare for the coming cycle.
Generally, fourteen days before your menstrual cycle is when ovulation occurs. Some women experience some lower abdominal cramping, fatigue, or emotional sensitivity around this time. Keeping track of your cycle will allow you to know what to expect. From ovulation until bleeding begins is considered pre-menstrual time. Some women being to experience pre-menstrual symptoms beginning with ovulation, others have symptoms from one to ten days before their menses. Others have no pre-menstrual symptoms at all.
Pre-menstrual symptoms can include breast tenderness, bloating, mild cramping, headaches/migraines, fatigue, food cravings, low libido, insomnia, emotional fluctuations including anger, anxiety, irritability, depression, sadness, and weepiness. All of these symptoms are considered to be affected by the Liver organ in Chinese Medicine. With acupuncture, herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes, we focus on “smoothing” the Liver to have a smoother menstrual experience.