A normal menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, plus or minus seven days. Menstrual bleeding is considered irregular if it occurs more frequently than every 21 days or lasts longer than 8 days. Missed, early, or late periods are also considered signs of an irregular cycle. Menstrual disorders include symptoms such as painful cramps, heavy bleeding, or absence of menstruation. These can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or uterine fibroids. Acupuncture treatment is a natural and proven remedy for regulating menstrual cycles and healing menstrual disorders.
There are three main mechanisms by which acupuncture assists in regulating menstruation. These are:
Acupuncture is proven effective
In 2009, a combined research team from medical schools in London and China published a review of scientific literature regarding the use of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for treatment of gynecological disorders. They reviewed studies on the treatment of endometriosis, infertility, dysmenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome, uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic inflammation, polycyctic ovarian syndrome, cervicitis, and vaginitis. Below is a summary of their findings:
All of the studies selected to be reviewed were high-quality, controlled empirical studies. Research is ongoing. To read the original paper, or for more information on acupuncture for menstrual disorders, see our Resources & Related Links section below.
To learn more about acupuncture, take a look at About Acupuncture or How Acupuncture Works. To learn more about the differences between Eastern and Western medicine, you can read About Eastern Medicine. To learn more about the Wisdom Traditions Acupuncture clinic, take a look at About Us or Our Philosophy. If you have any additional questions, you can browse our FAQ or Contact Us. We're happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also Schedule an Appointment online.
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Marni Adhikari, M.Ac, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac, is the founder and acupuncturist at Wisdom Traditions Acupuncture of Essex Junction, VT