Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus, or womb, sheds its lining. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus. It passes out of the body through the vagina.
Based on research, for most women, a normal menstrual cycle ranges from 21 to 35 days.1 However, 14% to 25% of women have irregular menstrual cycles, meaning the cycles are shorter or longer than normal; are heavier or lighter than normal; or are experienced with other problems, like abdominal cramps.2 Irregular cycles can be ovulatory, meaning that ovulation occurs, or anovulatory, meaning ovulation does not occur.
There are many health issues women of all ages commonly find themselves confronted with from irregular menstruation, cramping, light to heavy menstrual flows, skipped periods, both long and short menstrual cycles, the list seems to go on.Acupuncture offers a natural approach to such women’s health issues. It provides specific treatment approaches for any problems regarding the menstrual cycle by regulating and balancing hormones that are under influence of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and the ovaries.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective the menstrual cycle is a good indicator of women’s general health. Any problems around menstrual cycle can be caused by either structural or functional problems either related to stress, poor diet, weight fluctuations, uterine polyps, fibroids, dysfunctional bleeding and more.
A cycle that is regular with a flow that is adequate and without discomfort indicates that blood production and circulation are healthy.Poor eating habits, lack of exercise, a stressful lifestyle and emotional upset as previously mentioned may encourage blood deficiency and the obstructed circulation of blood and qi (vital energy), leading to irregularity, pain, mood swings, headaches, or fatigue.
An acupuncturist in your first consultation will ask many questions all about your general health and others regarding your period such as irritability, breast tenderness, mild cramps, abdominal bloating, migraines and/or excessive sugar cravings which will then help to form a diagnosis. An acupuncturist will also look at your tongue and pulse in order to make confirm thatdiagnosis and choose the point selection.
Treatment for menstrual irregularities is generally carried out over three to four menstrual cycles with often noticeable difference in one cycle. Depending on the diagnosis acupuncture is often suggested one to two times a week.
Acupuncture is a safe method of helping to regulate a period and offers a great alternative to the western biomedical framework. Give Acupuncture a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide. Best of all acupuncture is covered under most health funds. Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off Street, Gladstone or telephone (07) 4972 5155. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 4992 5037.