Period pain a common problem associated with menstruation, affecting 50% of women and 90% of adolescent girls. Contrary to general belief, Traditional Chinese Medicine understands that period pain is NOT a natural part of menstruation.
Period pain is generally localised in the lower abdomen and pelvic region, but the discomfort can be extended to lower back, hips and inner thighs. The pain may starts several days or shortly before the menstrual period, peak within 24 hours after the onset of the bleeding and subside as menstruation tapers off.
Western doctors may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or oral contraceptives to relieve period pain. However, these drugs may have side effects of nausea, upset stomach, indigestion, peptic ulcer and diarrhoea.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world, originated in China some 3,500 years ago. It is a therapy that allows the body to restore balance and heal naturally.
Research shows that acupuncture helps to regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Currently, the remarkable benefits of Acupuncture have been recognised worldwide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) explicitly states that Acupuncture is an effective treatment for a range of common ailments, including arthritis, neck/shoulder pain, headache/migraine, depression/anxiety, hypertension, allergies, and gastrointestinal conditions. There is evidence to support the fact that acupuncture affects the nervous, humoral, vascular
and immune systems.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Written by Heidi Yuen Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist
Heidi has had many years experience, She incorporates the latest of technologies in her Acupuncture treatments, including computer assessment using the Acugraph Program and electrical stimulation. Heidi is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
She is available for appointments at Simply Natural Wellness Centre in Doncaster East, Melbourne Ph 61 9842 7033