Heavy, Painful, Long or Short periods

A woman’s menstrual cycle in Chinese medicine is a reflection of her true health. Ideally a woman should bleed for 3-4 days having 28-32 day cycles, without cramping. If the period has clots, very dark blood, hardly any blood, if it’s too short or too long, if there is heavy bleeding or just spotting or if the period isn’t there at all, this reveals very important information about the balance of health and hormones in the body. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine understand the subtleties of the menstrual cycle, while gently and effectively balancing what may be out of balance.


In Western medicine, usually the pill is used to remedy menstrual irregularities but instead of regulating the cycle, it actually turns it off and what a women experiences is not a true period but instead shedding of the endometrial lining.


In Chinese medicine we look at the balance of yin and yang within the body in order to understand what is happening. In order to nourish another life, we must first have abundant blood and the blood should then be shed with each cycle when it is not needed to create life. To have a regular and healthy cycle we need to have enough Yin to nourish the blood and Yang to move the blood, as well as Qi flowing as it is meant to, unobstructed and free. For when it becomes obstructed we see clots, fibroids, cysts, pain and menstrual irregularities


Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutritional therapy, provide a safe and natural alternative to oral contraceptives and have the ability to treat and resolve the issue, from root to branch.