• Liyan Lu

Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)

Updated: Jul 30, 2019

Menstrual cramps are painful sensations that affect many women before and during a menstrual period. The pain ranges from dull and annoying to severe and extreme. Menstrual cramps tend to begin after ovulation when an egg is released from the ovaries and travels down the fallopian tube. The pain occurs in the lower abdomen and lower back. It usually begins 1 to 2 days before menstruation and lasts from 2 to 4 days. The pain that is only associated with the process of menstruation is known as primary dysmenorrhea. If the cramping pain is due to an identifiable medical problem such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or pelvic inflammatory disease, it is called secondary dysmenorrhea. Menstrual cramps can be treated with over-the-counter medicine, birth control treatments, and some home remedies. (Source:

Healthyping’s suggestions:

Ginger relieves menstrual cramps and period pain. Research found out that ginger inhibits the body’s production of prostaglandins which trigger the muscle of uterus contractions to shed its lining. The onset of menstrual cramps appears to be linked to excessive production of prostaglandins. Therefore consuming ginger in dietary supplement or tea can help reduce menstrual cramps and pain.

Calcium not only strengthens bones but also relaxes muscles. Calcium can reduce menstrual pain because it helps maintain muscle tone. Calcium citrate is the most easily absorbed form. Take calcium citrate 250 mg with vitamin D twice a day.

Vitamin D helps calcium absorption and may reduce inflammation. Take vitamin D 400 IU/ day.

Chinese Herbs promote blood circulation and relieve pain. Some of Chinese patent medicines are very effective in treatment of menstrual pain, such as Tog jig wa and Xue fu zhu yu wa.

Ping’s meridian massage relaxes muscles, comforts the body, reduces stress and relieves cramps.

Acupuncture cleans energy traffic jam, makes blood flow freely and helps uterus shed its lining without pain. It also helps alleviate the pain in the abdomen and the lower back.

Cupping removes toxin and relieves menstrual pain.

Most of our patients can manage the discomfort of menstrual cramps with the above complementary and alternative therapies.

For more information please call Dr. Lu at 661-513-9265 ping’s Acupuncture / Bamboo Acupuncture.

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