According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), when a woman is in a state of optimal health the menstrual period should be painless and accompanied by minimal, if any premenstrual signs and symptoms.
In conditions such as endometriosis, the flow of qi (energy, vital life force) and blood has become impaired, resulting in stagnation. This stagnation can manifest as pain, dark or clotted menstruation and premenstrual signs and symptoms such as emotional volatility, breast tenderness and digestive changes such as constipation or loose stools. All of the symptoms associated with endometriosis reflect elements of blood and/or qi stagnation and as such, can be effectively managed with TCM treatment.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine restore the flow of blood and qi throughout the body in order to rectify any imbalance and return the body to a state of optimal health.
TCM treatment aims to:
· Manage and treat stress, a major contributing factor in endometriosis.
· Move stagnant qi and blood which causes pain and can contribute to fertility problems
· Support the meridians involved in menstruation and the bodies detoxification pathways
· Encourage lifestyle and dietary changes to strengthen vitality and minimise symptoms
Depending on the severity and stage of endometriosis, the length of treatment may be three to six full menstrual cycles.
Many women will experience relief of symptoms within this timeframe, however it is recommended to undergo a full course of treatment so that the condition is fully addressed.
Sally has a Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine) from the University of Technology Sydney and a Diploma of Health Science in Eastern Massage therapy (Shiatsu and Tuina) from the Canberra Institute of Technology.