Should I take Chinese Herbs to help Menstruation?

Traditional Chinese Medicine has always realised that menstruation was not just the womb bleeding, but a surface phenomenon resulting from the physiological fluctuations inside the body. Cyclic changes inside the body are mainly related to how the kidney functions and blood and qi (vital energy) supplies. This regulates the production of tian-gui and the activities of extra meridians, leading to a natural rhythm of the menstruation cycle.

We identify these changes and prepares specific Chinese Herbs for each of the four-phases of menstruation. During your cycle you commence different prescriptions of Chinese herbs as you pass through each phase, allowing the herbs to be the most effective.

The Chinese Herbs, which are prescribed just for your individual condition, will help your body pass through each phase normally, allowing your body to be in its best condition to produce high quality eggs and allow an embryo to implant easily.

Chinese Herbs are prescribed for each phase:

Proliferation (6th to 10th day): This period ensures the growth of the uterine membrane and development of the ovum (egg). We focus on fortifying the liver and kidneys, invigorating the spleen and stomach in order to replenish blood and kidney essence and activate their circulation.

Ovulation (11th to 16th day): This period is when typically the ovum is released from the ovary. We focus on fortifying the liver and kidneys to ensure appropriate nutrient supply, warming yang and unblocking meridians to activate the local blood flow and remove any stasis.

Secretion (17th to 25th day): This period ensures the further ripening of the released follicle inside the ovary and facilitates a fertilised egg's implantation in the thickened lining of the uterus. We focus on warming the yang and fortifying the kidneys to nourish the Conception and Thoroughfare Vessels.

Menstruation (25th to 5th day): This period usually does not need special management; however, when there are symptoms like non-smooth flow and painful menstruation, we will focus on harmonizing the blood and promoting qi (vital energy) movement.

Traditional Chinese Herbs can be both very effective during this time and have less adverse effects than conventional drug therapies and show no inhibited effect on ovary functioning for long-term use.

These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs and their ability to help with Fertility.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC, focusing on Female Infertility with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from Harley Street, London.

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