Heavy periods, with or without clots or pain, and bleeding for more than a week is not normal. This can be common in teenagers, after childbirth and in the lead up to menopause. The western medicine term for heavy bleeding is menorrhagia. This can be classed as having to change high strength sanitary wear after 1 to 3 hours, flooding or leaking and having a prolonged bleed up to a week.

Should we accept this as normal?

The effects of heavy bleeding can be catastrophic leading to anemia, fatigue, dizziness, difficulty with concentration, irritability and even low mood. These symptoms can have a real effect on day-to-day life whether you are a teenager and struggling with school and relationships, to young mothers juggling work, household and children to peri menopause and fluctuating hormones.

What can we do to manage heavy bleeding naturally?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have a wonderful way of addressing the root causes of heavy, painful, clotty periods.  This may be due to imbalances or deficiencies in the liver, kidneys and spleen which are all responsible for the production and management of blood in the body.

Whats happening in my body to cause heavy bleeding?

Lifestyle, diet and stress over time all have a way of putting the energy of these organs out of sync, causing issues with blood production and flow. For example, excess alcohol or coffee or eating excessive spicy foods an create heat in some people, causing excessive flow. Stress can cause heat in the liver and a stagnation of the movement of blood. This causes either excessive flow, pain or clots and PMS before the period. Constant worry can create a reduction in the flow of energy. This causes dampness and pale and diluted blood flow, low energy and fatigue and dizziness.

How does Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine help heavy, painful bleeding?

The strategy of Acupuncture treatments is to treat the imbalances in your body which are causing the heavy or painful bleeding. This will include regulating hormones and treating each phase of your menstrual cycle. For example; treatments will be done on certain days according to whether you are in the first two weeks of your cycle prior to ovulation which is the follicular phase, or at ovulation time or during the last two weeks which is the luteal phase. The acupuncture treatment will change according to what cycle stage you are at and to influence the next part of your cycle. So if you have a short luteal phase (the two weeks after ovulation) or you are spotting from ovulation, two to three treatments will be important from day one to 14 in order to influence the second half or your cycle. So you see, the beauty of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is that it is tailored to you and your body specifically and encompassing all that is going on in your body. 

How long will it take to treat heavy painful periods?

The treatment time is usually three months. This is important as treating each part of the cycle which will act on and prepare for the next menstrual cycle. Treatments will also address accompanying issues such as PMS, acne, anxiety, stress, sleep and worry.

Have some therapeutic Acupuncture.

So, if you would like to treat your heavy bleeding and symptoms naturally, allowing your body to do the work to fix itself, try acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Teenagers, before you head straight to taking the contraception pill which can mask a whole host of issues, consider treating naturally first, you will be amazed.

Book a Call.

If you would like a 15 minute call to talk through your specific symptoms an how treatments can help you, call me Eva on +353 87 900 2307.