Menstrual pain – cramps
Why acupuncture for cramps became the so popular choice of treatment in women’s world? According to a study in the Journal of Pain Research, 84.1% of women suffer from menstrual pain (cramps) to varying degrees and, at least, one in four women experience distressing pain that requires medication and disrupts their daily activities.
Acupuncture for cramps outside of China
But maybe we Westerners should think outside the box when it comes to beating this type of pain…
What about acupuncture? Many individuals absolutely swear by it and use this ancient Chinese method for ailments such as fibromyalgia, headaches, low back pain, and yes, even menstrual cramps. There are many symptoms that accompanying a period. Normal menstruation usually has a regular cyclicity, a consistent flow pattern, and a minimal amount if any of clots. Travel, stress, trauma, and dietary changes can alter the menstrual cycle. These alterations should be temporary and any persistent changes should prompt to have woman’s body evaluated by a specialist. On the other hand, the changes of the character, cyclicity, flow and length of menstrual bleeding can just manifest the reaction of woman’s body to stress.
Acupuncture for cramps as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine has both treatments: acupuncture for cramps and herbal medicine for menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps occur due to stagnation of blood flow depriving the pelvic region of adequate oxygen, nutrients, and waste removal, causing ischemia. Acupuncture for cramps, as well as herbal, and dietary treatments focus on enhancing blood flow through the pelvic area. Acupuncture for cramps treatment protocol will vary from person to person depending on the diagnosis. The impairment of blood flow may occur as a result of cold, heat, dampness, deficiency of blood or qi, or some combination of these. Often people try over-the-counter herbal remedies for this problem and find no relief because they didn’t get one that treats the actual cause of the disorder.
Acupuncture for menstrual cramps
Acupuncture for cramps may be helpful in alleviating the symptoms such as pain, profuse bleeding, fatigue, which affects up to half of all young women population. An extensive review of past studies has found the high effectiveness of acupuncture for cramps in women of all ages. In February of 2010, Reuters news service reported on findings of a review of 27 studies involving nearly 3000 women with menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea). Simply put, acupuncture “involves the insertion of extremely thin needles in your skin at strategic points,” It is a practice that began thousands of years ago in China. Here in the West, we have adopted this technique with the view of stimulating nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. For some, acupuncture for cramps seems to help the body decrease pain and heighten blood flow.
- It is painless. Acupuncture needles are very fine and painless even if deeply inserted into the skin. Even patients who are afraid of needles report little discomfort.
- Minimal side effects. Some patients may experience slight bruising or brief lightheadedness.
- A legitimate alternative to drugs. Acupuncture attempts to release natural healing and pain-killing mechanisms in the body so that you can avoid using drugs that may upset the body’s energy.
The World Health Organization considers acupuncture for cramps (dysmenorrhea) to be a safe and effective treatment. We have personal experience and good success in relieving painful periods using both acupuncture for cramps and herbal medicine.
In the end, does acupuncture for cramps help? Should you try it if you are seeking to get rid of or decrease painful cramps? The answer is, why not? The risks are very low, especially if you don’t have a bleeding disorder or a pacemaker and if the doctor you pick is qualified – ask you family doctor or your OBGYN for a referral. While many have found this practice to be extremely helpful, do keep in mind that it may not be for you or may not give you the results you seek. Ask your acupuncturist and find out if acupuncture for cramps is your best choice for treatment.
At Philadelphia Acupuncture Clinic Victor Tsan, MD – delivers different alternative strategies for this medical disorders. Being experienced acupuncturist, homeopath, and hypnotherapist at the same time, Doctor Tsan uses a combination of these methods and, as a result, most of the women who get treatment at this facility become cured forever.
“Holistic Medicine does not relief the pain – it cures the disease. In most of the cases dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps appear as a result of hormonal disbalance in woman’s body and when we are able to diagnose and pinpoint which particular group of hormones are out of the equation we can fix it and cure forever”, – Dr. Tsan says.