Natural and Alternative Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps) Treatment Options

Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps) Treatment {introduction}

Dysmenorrhea occurs when a woman experiences irregularly painful menstruation, characterized by extreme lower abdominal and back pain. An individual is considered to have primary dysmenorrhea when she experiences pain near the beginning of their period and is otherwise healthy. In women with secondary dysmenorrhea, pain can be attributed to some underlying condition or issue in the uterus or surrounding region.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for dysmenorrhea.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps)

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".


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Ba Zhen Wan - Anemia, Heavy Menstruation, Dizziness, Weakness Herbal Formula
Ba Zhen Wan - Anemia, Heavy Menstruation, Dizziness, Weakness Herbal Formula

Uses: Anemia, Heavy Menstruation, Dysmenorrhea (Cramps), Dizziness, Weakness.



Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan - PMS, Menstrual Pain, Irregularity, Stress Herbal Formula
Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan - PMS, Menstrual Pain & Irregularity, Emotional Stress Herba

Uses: PMS, Menstrual Pain, Irregular Menstruation, Emotional Stress, Depression, Irritability. Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan (Pian, Bupleurum Shu Gan Pills, Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang) is a well respected and commonly...



Ease Tonic - Concentrated Xiao Yao Wan - Stress, Anxiety, Depression Herbal Formula
EaseTonic - Xiao Yao Wan - Stress, Depression, PMS

Uses: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, PMS.



Four Substances Teapills
Four Substances Teapills

Uses: Four Substances Teapills (Si Wu Tang Wan) tonifies and regulates the Blood, and regulates the Liver. It has been useful for poor memory, palpitations, dizziness, headache, tremor, dry hair, alopecia, anemia, dry...



Fu Fang Dang Gui Wan - Irregular Menstruation, PMS, Infertility, Fatigue Herbal Formula
Fu Fang Dang Gui Wan - Irregular Menstruation, PMS, Infertility, Fatigue Herbal

Uses: Irregular Menstruation, PMS, Menstrual Pain, Infertility, Fatigue, Memory. Fu Fang Dang Gui Wan (Dong Quai Tablet) is a commonly used TCM herbal formula for syndromes of qi and blood deficiency in...



Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan - Abdominal Pain & Masses, Dysmenorrhea Herbal Formula
Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan - Abdominal Pain & Masses, Dysmenorrhea Herbal Formula

Uses: Abdominal Pain, Abdominal Masses, Dysmenorrhea (Cramps). Translates as drive out blood stasis in the lower abdomen.  For spleen qi deficiency with accompanying damp, usually in the lower jiao...



Si Wu Tang Wan - Abdominal Pain, Abdominal Masses, Irregular Menstruation Herbal Formula
Si Wu Tang Wan - Abdominal Pain, Abdominal Masses, Irregular Menstruation Herbal

Uses:  Abdominal Pain, Abdominal Masses, Irregular Menstruation. Si Wu Tang Wan (Si Wu Tang Pian) literally "Four Substances Pills" in Chinese, enriches the blood and regulates the...



Warm Cycle Teapills - Irregular Menstruation, Infertility, Dysmenorrhea Herbal Formula
Warm Cycle Teapills - Irregular Menstruation, Infertility, Dysmenorrhea Herbal F

Uses: Irregular Menstruation, Infertility, Dysmenorrhea. Warm the Cycle Teapills (Wen Jing Tang Wan) is a traditional Chinese formula that warms meridians and dispels cold, and nourishes blood to remove blood stasis.



Xiao Yao Wan - PMS, Stress, Anxiety, Depression Herbal Formula

Uses: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, PMS. Xiao Yao Wan (Xiao Yao Pian, Xiao Yao San, free & easy wanderer) is an extremely well known Chinese herbal formula for stress - or what is known as "...



Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

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Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps) related articles

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  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 03/18/2014 - 9:26am

    Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps) is a commonly treated medical condition within Chinese Medicine.  In many cases proper treatment with both acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbal Medicine one can effectively balance the menstrual system as a whole and completely alleviate dysmenorrhea symptoms.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 05/21/2013 - 9:30pm

    Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of menstrual/hormonal, endocrine and fertility issues.  Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an increasingly common problem affecting approximately 1 in 15 women and can cause fertility problems, menstrual issues as well as complex health issues such as diabetes.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 06/07/2011 - 1:28pm

    Researchers from Northern Khorosan University in Bojnoord Iran recently conducted a study evaluating the effectiveness of acupressure in menstrual pain/cramps.  Researchers recruited 86 students who were experiencing menstrual pain/cramping (dysmenorrhea).  Acupressure was utilized on the acupuncture point san yin jiao (SP 6) and pain levels were assessed before intervention, at 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hour and at the 3 hours following t


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 03/22/2011 - 9:11am

    Clinically acupuncture is used for the full range of women's menstrual issues. Irregular cycles, PMS, painful cramps, fertility issues, fibroids, etc. are all commonly treated. With dysmenorrhea (cramps/menstrual pain) women are likely to come in for treatment at the peak of their symptoms.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 12/21/2010 - 12:59pm

    Iranian researchers from the Kashan University of Medical Sciences recently conducted a study exploring the effects of acupressure for dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramps).  30 young female college students with primary dysmenorrhea were selected and randomly assigned to either a acupressure treatment group or a control (n = 15).  Using a visual analog scale of pain researchers looked at pain levels prior to acupressure, immediately with acupressure, and then at 30


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Wed, 10/13/2010 - 8:50am

    There are an increasing number of studies with acupuncture looking at the functions of a single point.  While technically acupuncture is not a point to condition modality, these studies are helpful to understand certain functional mechanisms.  These studies help to create a dialog between eastern and western viewpoints.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Thu, 05/20/2010 - 8:46am

    Acupuncture is used to regulate a number of women's health issues including the entire range of menstrual abnormalities (cramping/dysmenorrhea, PMS, heavy periods, irregular menstruation, etc.) as well as fertility issues and other associated problems.  A meta-analysis recently released from the Kyung Hee University Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea looked at a collection of studies looking at the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea).

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