Menstrual cramps can be a frustrating and painful experience for many women, most of them will alleviate menstrual cramps by resorting to over-the-counter painkillers.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary changes, exercise, and relaxation techniques can all help promote the smooth flow of qi and blood, reducing the severity of menstrual cramps and allowing women to go about their daily activities with greater ease and comfort.
What is menstrual cramp?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective to Menstrual Cramps
TCM views menstrual cramps as an indication of blockage of Qi (life energy) and Blood in the body. The cramps may be caused by various factors, including cold, heat or dampness in the body, blood stasis, or Qi stagnation.
Menstrual cramps can also be caused by body deficiencies resulting in malnutrition of meridian channels. The common deficiencies are Qi-Blood deficiency and Kidney Qi deficiency.
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