Dysmenorrhea or period pain is estimated to effect around 25% - 50% of adult women and up to 75% of adolescents. Symptoms can include cramping, pain in the lower abdomen, pain in the lower back, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, fatigue and anxiety. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and at times the pain can be so debilitating it prevents women from carrying on with their normal daily activities. In some cases there may be no apparent health related conditions causing the pain but in others the pain may be the result of a health related disorder such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts.
If there is no apparent underlying cause to the pain it can leave many women feeling helpless and frustrated. Western medicine treatments include the contraceptive pill and painkillers such as Ibuprofen. For many women however these options are less than ideal and they would like to find a natural treatment which not only treats the pain, but treats the underlying cause of the condition.
From a Chinese medicine perspective painful periods can result from qi (energy) or blood flow stagnation. Basically it can be the result of stagnant blood not moving properly. Acupuncture can help promote optimal blood flow to the reproductive organs, improve hormonal imbalances, reduce inflammation and reduce stress. Our practitioners will often use a combination of acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion and herbs as these prove to be the most effective when treating the condition. Acupuncture helps to increase blood circulation and relax the uterine muscle. Acupuncture, moxibustion and herbs can warm the blood, enhance blood flow and regulate the function of organ systems.
The benefits of TCM is that it can lead to long term alleviation of the problem. Our practitioners at Care Cure have treated many women suffering from period pain, cramps, PMS, endometriosis and fibroids with great success. We offer free consultations online and in our clinics in the Merrion Shopping Center, Dublin 4 and 53 Georges St Lwr, Dun Laoghaire.
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We sell a range of natural herbal supplements that can be highly beneficial for women suffering from PMS or painful periods in our online shop and in our clinics. If you are unsure which herbal remedies to choose please avail of our free online video consultation service and speak with one of our practitioners. We are always happy to help.