Discover the truth about Missing Menstrual Periods Acupuncture Treatment.
Amenorrhea is the medical term used when there is an absence of menstrual bleeding in women who are not pregnant, breastfeeding or peri-menopausal.
Amenorrhea is further sub-classified into Primary amenorrhea or Secondary amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is a delay in or a failure to start menstruation by the age of 16; Secondary amenorrhea is an unexpected cessation of the menstrual cycle (missing menstrual periods) for three months or more. Missing menstrual periods can usually be restored naturally, within three months, with acupuncture, Chinese herbs and food therapy. These same natural therapies will take about another six months to regulate the menstrual cycle. Hormonal drugs do not truly restore nor regulate the menstrual cycle, as much as they force changes on the body and they come with the risk of side-effects such as weight-gain, blood clots cancer.
“For any woman suffering from unwanted menstrual symptoms or trying to get pregnant, I would highly recommend getting some needles and herbs from Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. Herbalist. She is truly amazing!” – Jen Click Here To Read More Patient ReviewsTraditional Chinese medicine (TCM) works by stimulating the body to regulate its naturally occurring hormones, thus helping to restore the normal hormonal balance of the body. Another reason why TCM is so beneficial in treating symptoms of amenorrhea is because the therapy involved focuses on treating the root of the problem rather than just the present symptoms. With a little investigation into your medical history and an accurate description of what you’re experiencing, you and your acupuncturist can get to the root of the problem.
Because menstrual cycle irregularities are so strongly linked to hormone imbalances, Western doctors tend to prescribe hormone therapy to “regulate” the menstrual cycle. Hormones such as progesterone and estrogen are given to start or restart the periods; the birth control pill is the most popular form of estrogen replacement therapy. But women’s doctor’s may also be offer The Patch, Nuvaring, or an hormonal IUD. Hormonal birth control is known to reduce folate in your body, so if you are planning to become pregnant and have used, or are using these drugs, talk to your doctor about taking a folate supplement to prevent birth defects.
If hormone replacement therapy is recommended to you, it is important for you to know about the functions of these hormones, as well as their side-effects and long-range effects. Be aware that according to WEBMD.com,
The following side effects, easily remembered by the word “ACHES,” are less common but more serious. If you experience any of these, contact your doctor immediately. If you cannot reach your doctor, go to an emergency room or urgent care center for evaluation. These symptoms may indicate a serious disorder, such as liver disease, gallbladder disease, stroke, blood clots, high blood pressure, or heart disease. They include:
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Chest pain
- Headaches (severe)
- Eye problems (blurred vision)
- Swelling and/or aching in the legs and thighs
Prof. Juliette Aiyana’s Note About Hormonal Menstrual Treatments: Hormone therapies do not cure the root cause of the menstrual disease. Rather, they cover up the symptoms and in some cases cause side-effects. The birth control pill, the patch and the ring actually suppress your menstrual period by mimicking pregnancy for at least three weeks each month (birth control pill brands such as Seasonal mimic pregnancy for several months), after which a sugar pill is taken (or in the case of the patch and ring, no hormone is released). The sudden drop in hormone causes the body to respond as though it is no longer pregnant, which causes the uterine lining to bleed. Therefore, the hormonally-induced bleed is not like a naturally occurring menstrual bleed. So rather than regulating your cycle, these medications are suppressing it, which is the opposite effect a woman with missing menstrual periods needs to effectively regulate her natural menses.
To list all the side-effects of these drugs would warrant a special article. A few to watch out for are:weight gain, depression, lighter or skipped periods, bleeding between periods, nausea, vomiting, headaches or increased migraine headaches, decrease in libido, skin irritation at the site of the patch, vaginal discharge, irritation/inflammation of the vagina with use of the ring. Rarer side-effects include (but are not limited to) heart failure, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, blood clots of the eyes. The Ortho-Evra patch was once recalled by the FDA, who later approved an update labeling listing serious side-effects, including stroke, and allowed the product back onto the market.http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01781.html
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In this article, we will focus on Secondary amenorrhea in the framework of Chinese medicine.
Not knowing why menstruation has stopped can be very stressful, and waiting for it to return may feel like a lifetime! Please note that in most Secondary amenorrhea cases, the underlying pathologies are commonly reversible and treatable with TCM.
Some of the Signs and Symptoms related to Secondary amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) include but are not limited to:
Headaches, nausea, abdominal bloating and discomfort, swollen and distended breasts, hot flashes, night sweats, moods changes, acne, excessive hair growth, vaginal dryness or excessive discharge, fatigue, dizziness, palpitation, insomnia or dream-disturbed sleep, and emotional changes such as depression, frustration and anxiety.
TCM diagnosis of Secondary amenorrhea
* It should be noted that Secondary amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) can be due to different pathologies and that the syndrome patterns listed below can appear alone or in complex form; therefore you may have symptoms from one or all patterns described. In traditional Chinese medicine, groups of symptoms, or syndromes, are typically classified into patterns that involve the internal organs and/or energy pathways of the body. Since TCM concentrates on treating the root of the underlying problem, the practitioner will focus on you as a whole and find the symptom pattern(s) related to your condition. The TCM diagnosis first begins with differentiating the pathological changes of the body as either a Vacuous or Excess pattern.
- Kidney and Liver vacuity: There will be a gradual cessation of menstruation. The menses become thin and scanty, and then gradually stops altogether. Signs and symptoms include: absence of menstruation for a significant period of time, fatigue, soreness and weakness in the loins and legs, lower back pain, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, anxiety, hot flashes, excessive perspiration (especially at night), lusterless hair, brittle nails, and frequent urination.
- Qi and Blood vacuity: There will be a gradual cessation of menstruation. Typically, periods become shorter and scantier and eventually stop altogether. Signs and symptoms include: absence of menstruation, pale complexion, general fatigue and weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, palpitations, bruises easily, headaches, weakness of the limbs, loose stools, palpitations, sleepiness, breathlessness, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, dry skin, lusterless hair and brittle nails.
- Qi Stagnation: There will be an irregular menstrual cycle initially, and then the menstruation stops gradually or suddenly. Emotional stress is the most common origin of this pattern. Signs and symptoms include: absence of menstruation, depression, anxiety, a sensation of fullness in the chest and under the rib cage, swelling or fullness of the abdomen with an aversion to pressure, breast tenderness, headaches, lack of appetite, alternating diarrhea/constipation, and frequent sighing.
- Blood Stasis: There will be an irregular menstrual cycle initially, and then the menstruation stops gradually or suddenly. Emotional stress or trauma is the most common origin of this pattern. Signs and symptoms associated are the same as the above symptoms of Qi stagnation but the pain may be intensified. Other signs and symptoms may include a palpable abdominal mass, purple lips, headaches, sallow complexion and dark skin macules.
- Phlegm Dampness: There will be delayed periods (missing menstrual periods), and then menstruation gradually stops. Being overweight as well as the habitual consumption of cold, raw, or greasy foods (especially dairy products) are most likely the cause of this pattern. Signs and symptoms include: absence of menstruation, obesity, excessive sticky and clear vaginal discharge, nausea, headaches, chest constriction, phlegm in the throat, abdominal bloating, edema, fatigue and general weakness.
TCM Treatment Protocol
We advise you to come into the clinic 1 – 2 times per week for acupuncture and will usually combine a Chinese herbal formula and dietary change for you to take as well. Effectively treating the root cause of the Secondary Amenorrhea takes approximately three menstrual cycles. Some women will see a reduction in their symptoms right away while others may take a longer period of time. Stress levels, lifestyle, and general health are important factors involved in response time.
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Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac.
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New York, NY 10003
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