Chinese medicine readily appreciates how emotional strain can be a direct cause of menstrual dysfunction.

Menstrual health: A traditional Chinese Medicine perspective

Understanding menstrual disorders

In the west, we are accustomed to thinking that maladies surrounding menstruation –  pain, heavy bleeding, premenstrual tension (PMT) and headaches, to name but a few – are part and parcel of the female experience. Symptoms can range from the mildly annoying to utterly debilitating, impacting all areas of one’s life. Thankfully, TCM takes a different view and teaches us that, while incredibly common, these conditions are not found in a harmonious bodily landscape and need not be silently endured.

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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