Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation / period (Menstrual Cramps) that may happen before, during and after menstruation. The pain is mainly in the lower abdomen area and can radiates to the lower back or legs.

Headaches, nausea and vomiting may also associated with dysmenorrhea, and it is one of the most common gynaecological complaint among adolescent females and the leading cause of recurrent short-term absent women.

In general, there are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary and functional. Western medicine believes the pain for primary dysmenorrhea is caused by over-production of prostaglandins (PGs) and leukotrenes (LTs) within the endometrium after ovulation. PGs and LTs are inflammation modulators which cause myometrial contractions and vasoconstriction resulting in local tissue ischemia that is involved in cramps.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes dysmenorrhea may caused by

  • emotional factors
  • cold and/or damp exposures
  • blood and/or energy deficiencies
  • deficiencies from other organs such as liver and kidneys

Acupressure acupuncture point SP10 may provide temporary relief for the pain, and certain female specified Chinese herbal medicine formulas such as Wu Ji Bai Feng may provide long term solution. At ACATCM Follege Clinic, we assess each situation independently in order provide proper recommendations.

Contact us at 403-86-8788 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive assessment.