Heavy periods (menorrhagia)

Heavy menstrual bleeding may be associated with fibroids, endometriosis, polyps or hormonal imbalances, as well as carcinoma, so it is important to undergo western medical investigations to establish the cause.

Diagnosis and treatment of heavy periods with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

In Chinese medicine, heavy bleeding can occur due to a number of different causes. Spleen Qi is responsible for holding the blood in the vessels. If this is Deficient, there may be excessive bleeding. Alternatively, there may be a deficiency of the Kidneys, which then fail to contain the Blood; or there may be Heat in the Blood, which pushes the Blood out; or an obstruction of Blood in the vessels, forcing new Blood to leak out.

The practitioner differentiates between the various patterns and makes a diagnosis according to the signs and symptoms, the tongue and pulse. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are very effective in treating this condition, even when caused by endometriosis, fibroids, polyps or hormonal balances.