Happy Menstrual Cycles

It’s been a profound revelation to me that periods don’t need to be a painful, negative experience for women. Whilst a small percentage of women suffer extreme pain from endometriosis, thought to be an autoimmune condition, another small percentage suffer no pain at all, but for most women, menstrual discomfort and premenstrual tension (PMT) is a fact of life.

I am an acupuncturist and when studying, learned that ancient Chinese people really looked after the health of their women folk, recognizing that they would produce better quality offspring, to the benefit of future generations.

Periods should produce a good blood flow over 4-6 days with minimal discomfort. If there is pain, an irregular flow, and/or PMT, it means that the Liver Qi (energy) and blood are stuck. Emotional stress from suppressed emotions (i.e anger/frustration) and exposure to environmental toxins, often contribute to this condition.

Helpful ideas:

  • Identify and express emotions – even negative ones. Explore EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique http://eft.mercola.com
  • Regular moderate exercise is really important to help keep energy flowing around the body.
  • Support nutritional needs with a good quality women’s multivitamin and a magnesium supplement.
  • Avoiding processed/refined foods and increase fruit and vegetable intake.
  • Try acupuncture for clearing energy blocks and balancing your energy. http://www.acupuncture.org.nz/find-a-practitioner/
  • Avoid using tampons. Inserting a tampon goes against the natural menstrual blood flow, causing blood to back up in the pelvis. They also absorb natural fluids and introduce loose toxic fibres into the vagina exacerbating cramping and heavier bleeding.
  • Always use organic, non-toxic pads as they do not pose a toxic threat to women or the environment, being free of toxins, chemicals and potential allergens. Refer http://www.drion.co.nz for organic pads with negative ions and far infrared energy.
  • As a rule, avoid toxins commonly found in cosmetics and home cleaning products – anything likely to absorbed through the skin.
  • Cold in the abdomen is another cause of menstrual pain. Keep the lower back/abdomen warm to ensure optimal blood flow. Avoid sitting on cold surfaces or swimming while menstruating.
  • Castor oil packs are a great home remedy for detoxifying the body and reducing pain. http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/holistic_health/data/thcast1.html

Belinda Falconar

BSHc Acupuncture, MNZRA