Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for the painful cramps that may occur immediately before or during the menstrual period. Western doctors classify menstrual cramps as either primary or secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea is another name for common menstrual cramps. Cramps usually begin one to two years after a woman starts getting her period. Pain usually is felt in the lower abdomen or back and can be mild to severe. Common menstrual cramps often start shortly before or at the onset of the period and last for one to three days. They usually become less painful as a woman ages and may stop entirely after the woman has a baby. Secondary dysmenorrhea is pain caused by a disorder in the woman's reproductive organs. Pain from secondary dysmenorrhea usually begins earlier in the menstrual cycle and lasts longer than common menstrual cramps.
The symptoms of menstrual cramps may include:
  • Aching pain in the abdomen
  • Feeling of pressure in the abdomen
  • Pain in the hips, lower back, and inner thighs
  • Upset stomach, sometimes with vomiting
  • Loose stools
The following medications are used in the treatment of period pain.  
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Hormonal birth control.
However, the patients who do not have response to the conventional treatment or who have side effects from the conventional therapy may seek traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapies. In Chinese medicine, menstrual pain, like other forms of pain, is caused by one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: blockage of Qi and Blood; deficiency of Qi and Blood; retention of Heat, Dampness or Wind; or imbalance of Kidney and Liver. The goal of treatment (both Chinese herbs and acupuncture) is to tonify the deficiencies, open the blockage, remove the excesses and regulate the internal organs. Differentiating the patterns of menstrual pain depends on analyzing the timing, nature, location, intensity, color, volume and quality of the menstrual cycle and discharge, and "reading" the tongue, pulse, and associated symptoms. Different herbal formulas will be subscribed for different patterns. Besides using herbal formulas to treat dysmenorrhea, acupuncture is another viable way to treat menstrual pain. Acupuncture can open the blockage of Qi and Blood, balance the internal organs, and clear the blockage of meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine has been proven safe and effective without adverse side effects. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact us.

Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA