Sunday, 17 November 2013

Menstrual Disorders - Irregular Period Caused by Imbalance of Kidney In TCM Perspective

Traditional Chinese medicine views irregular menstruation is a serious women's reproductive health problem, if untreated, it will disharmonize the women ecosystem, leading to nervous tension and other health problems, including infertility. Imbalance of kidney is defined as a health condition of excess and deficiency of yin and yang of kidney of that distorting the qi movement in kidney channel and fluid distribution to other organs and the body.

I. Symptoms
1. Lower abdominal pain either proceeding and/or following menstruation.
2. Thin and light color menstruation
3. Fatigue,
4. Dizziness
5. Scanty urination
6. Lower back pain
7. Night sweats
8. Dry mouth
9. Hearing loss
10. Premature grey hair and hair loss
11. Night sweats,
12. Dry mouth
13. Osteoporosis
14. Etc.

II. Causes
In traditional Chinese medicine, kidney is the organs governed the transportation of fluids and regulated the reproductive system. It plays a very important role in promoting regular menstrual cycles as well as natural conception. Imbalance of kidney can be caused by
1. Kidney yang deficiency
Kidney yang deficiency is normally caused by prolong period of eating cold foods, engaging in rigid exercise, working in the cold environment, etc,. leading fluid and water retention, breast tenderness and menstruation irregularity.

2. Kidney yin deficiency
Kidney yin deficiency is normally caused by eating of spicy and hot foods, working in hot environment, out go in the extreme hot weather without proper clothing, etc., leading to irregular period and afflicts fertility.

III. Treatments
A. With Herbs
1. Cuscuta (tu si zi)
Cuscuta is a kidney and livertonic medicine, besides helping to tonify the kidney fluid distribution through urinary secretion, it also maintaining the strong the liver qi flow, thereby decreasing the risk of blood stagnation and water retention causes of weight gain and menstrual cramps and pain.
2. Cinnamin bark (rou gui)
Cinnamin bark is qi tonic herb and hot in nature, besides helping the liver in maintaining the smoothing qi flow to the entire body, it also promotes the kidney yang qi circulation and healthy adrenal gland.
3. Water plaintain root (ze xie)
Water plantain root helps to release the kidney qi stagnation and improves the kidney in water metabolism, resulting in lessening the symptoms of water retention and weight gain.
4. Etc.

B. With Acupuncture
Suggested acupuncture points
1. UB23 (Shen shu)
2. GV4 (Ming men)
3. CV4(Guan yuan)
4. KD3 (Tai xi),
5. UB 52 (Zhi shi)
6. Etc.

C. With Diet
1. Cooked vegetables
2. Corn
3. Celery
4. Brown rice
5. Oats
6. Kidney beans
7. Lean organic meat
8. Lentils
9. Fish
10. Lemon
11. Pumpkin seeds
12. Sunflower seeds
13. Green tea
14. Raspberry leaf tea
15. Etc.
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