In Chinese Medicine, menstrual problems are diagnosed as an imbalance of liver, spleen and kidney. A common menstrual problem is excessive blood loss, and in Chinese Medicine this is ascribed to heat in the blood. Late, scanty and painful periods are due to cold in the blood. A Chinese Medicine practitioner will use acupuncture and moxibustion which are often very effective in coping with these common menstrual problems.
Diet is also important in Chinese Medicine, and heavy periods, diagnosed as a disease pattern involving heat, would include advice to avoid “spicy” foods. Menstrual problems caused by cold conditions would involve avoiding “cold” foods.
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