August 26, 2019
Understanding menstrual pain
Girls can become quite unenergetic and irritable during their period. Menstruation is always accompanied by various unpleasant symptoms such as headache, insomnia, backache, pimples, but menstrual pain is definitely the most uncomfortable! From a Chinese medicine perspective, menstrual pain means ladies have periodic lower abdominal pain that are unbearable before/during/after their menstrual period, sometimes even affecting in the waist and back, some may even lose consciousness! If you only feel a slight pain in the lower abdomen or waistline, it is normal, but if you have serious menstrual pain during each menstrual period, you should pay more attention to it. Menstrual pain is not inevitable. It is caused by your own physical condition. If you want to say goodbye to it, in addition to adjusting your work and rest schedule and do appropriate exercise, you can also eat the proper ingredients according to your body type!
Common body types leading to menstrual pain
Qi stagnation and blood stasis
Characteristics: lower abdominal pain 1-2 days prior to or during menstrual period, always accompanied by breast tenderness or blood clots in discharge
Causes: heavy life and work stress lead to emotional issues that cause liver qi stagnation. The qi and blood circulation are poor, qi stagnation and blood stasis in uterus cause menstrual pain.
Should eat more ingredients that can relieve depression: rose, motherwort, panax notoginseng, chayote, white radish, Chinese hawthorn, herbal tea ‘Destress’, healing tea ‘Dark Circles’
Characteristics: lower abdominal pain and highly sensitive to touch before period / accompanied with backache / lower abdominal pain even when not menstruating, increased pain level during menstruation period
Causes: preference for spicy, oily and fatty foods. Dampness in asthenic spleen and heat in depressed liver caused by dampness stagnation and heat or emotional issues. Dampness is trapped in uterus which leads poor qi and blood circulation causing menstrual pain.
Should eat more ingredients that can clear heat and dispel dampness: winter melon, luffa, seaweed, rice beans, lotus root, dawn rice water, healing tea ‘Very ‘Hot’ (Qi)’
Asthenic qi and blood
Characteristics: lower abdomen dull pain 1-2 days after menstruation or during menstrual period, or sense of lower abdomen and pudendum falling downward, menstrual pain will reduce when pressure is applied
Reason: body type with insufficient blood and qi, the qi and blood weaken during menstrual period. Qi deficiency can not promote blood circulation in the body and cause dull pain in the abdomen.
Should eat ingredients that can replenish qi and nourish blood: ginseng, astralagus, Chinese red dates, Chinese taxillus herb, red bean rice water, healing tea ‘Be Happy’
Characteristics: cold pain in the lower abdomen during or after menstrual period, pain will reduce with pressure applied or with warm abdominal compression, usually accompanied with backache
Causes: Catch cold due to raining or swimming before or during menstrual period, consumption of raw/cold food, suffering from cold wind flu, and cold invades body and cause menstrual pain.
Should eat more ingredients that can warm the body and dispel cold: cinnamon, ginger, longan, brown sugar, fried rice water, herbal tea ‘Warming’