Treating Heavy Menstrual Bleeding with Chinese Medicine
Menorrhagia is the medical term for menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding. Menstrual periods are considered heavy when a woman’s menstrual flow soaks a sanitary pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours, or if her menstrual flow includes large blood clots, or if she bleeds more than 10 days every month. This type of bleeding may also cause significant discomfort in the form of cramps of the lower abdominal area and may also involve the hips, thighs, and lower back. This bleeding can also lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which can cause significant fatigue.
There are many possible causes of heavy menses, and it is always advisable to see a gynecologist for a physical exam and pap smear to rule out any serious issues. Possible causes might include: hormone imbalance, dysfunction of the ovaries, uterine fibroids or polyps, adenomyosis (glands from the uterine lining become embedded within the uterine muscle), intrauterine device (IUD), pregnancy complications, cancer, inherited bleeding disorders, certain medications, and other medical conditions. Menorrhagia is common in early perimenopause, when progesterone levels fall relative to estrogen, leading to a state of estrogen dominance. Once any serious or life-threatening issues have been ruled out, herbal medicine can be an excellent option. Merry Clinic’s Heavy Menstrual Bleeding formula is very gentle, with no side-effects.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, some possible causes of heavy periods may be an unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet or improper eating habits (such as eating too much cold or raw foods, eating at irregular times, and eating before bed, consuming too much alcohol, coffee, spicy food, chocolate or cocoa, and refined sugar), lack of exercise, environmental factors, emotional stress or psychological issues, toxins, and hereditary influences. All of these factors can block the normal flow of Qi (chee) and blood in the uterus. In Chinese medicine, whenever there is blood stasis or Qi stagnation, there is pain, since the acupuncture meridians or pathways in the body have been blocked. By opening the acupuncture meridians and unlocking the normal blood flow, pain will be eliminated. Our Heavy Menstrual Bleeding formula can open the acupuncture channels, to get rid of the cause of the heavy bleeding and/or pain. The formula helps to nourish the body’s energy, cool the blood so it is less likely to exit the blood vessels, and remove any stagnancy or blockages.
Chinese herbs can also help to regulate the hormones and help manage the growth of the uterine lining, so it is growing and shedding as it should, in a balanced cycle. Other herbs can stop the heavy bleeding by arresting hemorrhage of the blood vessels. In order to reduce blood clotting, eating foods rich in vitamin K can be very helpful. These foods include most dark green vegetables such as kale, parsley, spinach, green turnips, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, beet green, Brussels sprouts and peas. It is also important to replace your iron stores in the body by eating iron-rich foods, such as red meat, egg yolk, liver, shellfish, spinach, beet greens, broccoli, beans, collard, dried fruits, prunes, dates, figs, apples, carrots, cherries, strawberries, wheat, bran and oats.
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