According to BBC, A survey of 1,000 found that 52% of women suffered from intense period pain, and nine out of ten women have reported having period pain at some point.
Period pain is something that many women have experienced, and most rush to pharmaceutical drugs for relief without questioning what may be causing these menstrual cramps. While Western Medicine theorizes that women experience severe period pain due to high prostaglandins. These hormones promote uterine contractions, which is considered normal during periods. This natural process is a part of your monthly menstrual cycle, designed to shed the old lining in your womb.
The first medical literature documenting period pain was in 200 AD. While Chinese Medicine has thousands of documented periods over thousands of years, they have recorded a variety of causes. One recurring theme in each diagnosis is ‘Liver Stagnation’. The circulation of blood or energy (Qi) within the Liver area is slowed down. This also slows down the flow of blood within the uterus, causing a contraction. Chinese Medicine treats the period pain with personalized prescription of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. With this combination, your flow of blood with gently readjust and replenish energy where QI lacks.
In Conclusion, Chinese Medicine is the perfect answer for a noninvasive alternative to prescription or pharmaceutical drugs. Acupuncture has been proved by many controlled trials to be an effective treatment for primary period pain, according to the World Health Organization.
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