Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2019

The treatment of menstrual disoders using acupuncture therapy

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Acupuncture can be usefully applied in a wide range of gynecological and obstetric disorders.
A. AMENORRHOEA
Amenorrhoea means the absence of menstrual periods. Primary amenorrhoea refers to the condition where menstruation has not begun, although the girl has reached or passed the age when it should have commenced.
It may be an indication of a systemic disorder or hormonal imbalance
SECONDARY AMENORRHOEA: Refers to the condition where a woman of child bearing age, who previously had periods has now stopped having them.
If this is not due to pregnancy or menopause, it must be regarded as a symptom requiring further investigation, as it is a feature of a wide range of conditions.
COMMON CAUSES:
i. Anaemia
ii. Debilitating diseases
iii. Hormonal imbalances
iiii. Nervous strain
v. Other emotional disorders.
Since this is a symptom, it is necessary that the underlying condition be elicited and treated.
A. (i) OLIGOMENORRHOEA: This is a form of amenorrhoea where there is only an occasional or scanty flow.
A.(ii) IRREGULAR MENSTURATION: The term irregular menstruation is used to describe cases where the periods occur but in an abnormal manners, e.g, irregularity of the menstrual cycle, excessive or scanty, prolonged or brief bleeding or even the blood being two dark or clots being formed.
TREATMENT
In acupuncture treatment, the general points for amenorrhoea are usually needled in addition to points indicated by other presenting symptoms.
B. DYSMENORRHOEA
This refers to excessive pain during the menstrual period. It is felt mainly in the
Pelvic area, lower abdomen and the small of the back.
(B.i)PRIMARY(SPASMODIC) DYSMENORRHOE: Which is the more common type, affects girls from the first period or soon after.
CAUSE: Neither the pain nor the source of the pain is known and there is no observable pelvic lesion.
However, there may be an imbalance of the sex hormones in such cases.
(Bii) SECONDARY OR SYMPTOMATIC DYSMENORRHOEA: This occurs in those who have previously had normal period.
CAUSE:- A variety of gynecological disorders. The cause of the pain has, therefore to be first identified and treated.
– PID
– Endometriosis
– Fibriod
-(IUCD)
TREATMENT:
For best results, the acupuncture treatment is given about a week prior to the commencement of the menstruation. Three or four of such monthly treatments usually suffice. Moxibustion may be helpful.
C MENNORRHAGIA
i) Menorrhagia or excessive loss of blood during the monthly period is frequently due to local disorders, such as FIBROIDS.
ii) It may also be caused by anxiety or other emotional factors
iii) The possibility of a neoplasm must be excluded!.
In women over the age of forty is most common. In severe cases, or if prolonged, it may cause anemia.TREATMENT
A similar procedure is adopted, but more beneficial if a more continuous treatment is given using homeopuncture for 8 to 10 weeks.
INFECTIONS
i) Salpingitis (Acute or chronic inflammation of the fallopian tubes).
ii) Adnexitis (inflammation of the structures in close proximity to the fallopian tubes (e.g. ovaries).
iii) Cervicitis (inflammation of the neck of the womb).
iiii) Vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina).
These are all the result of infection, usually by bacteria which usually spreads upwards from the vagina.
Treatment
Prompt treatment with antibiotics is very effective. Acupuncture may however be usefully combined with drug therapy in resistant cases or where the patient is intolerant to drug therapy.
LUCOREHOEA: This is an excessive discharge of a white or colourless secretion from the vagina. It is a symptom of irritation caused by infections such as candida or trichomonas.
PELVIC INFLAMATORY DISEASE (P.I.D.)
-This is an infection of the upper female reproductive organs.
-It can affect the cervix (causing mucopurulent cervicitis).
-The uterus (causing endometritis).
-The fallopian tubes (causing salpingitis and sometimes the ovaries causing oophoritis). It is the most common preventable cause of infertility. Infertility is said to occur in about 1 out of 5 women with PID!. About 1/3rd of women who have had PID develop the infection again.
-It usually occurs in sexually active women.
-It rarely affects girls before their 1st menstrual period (menarche) or women during pregnancy or after menopause.
Risk: -unprotected sex
-having many sex partners
-having sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Infection is usually caused by bacteria that enter the vagina, most commonly, during sexual intercourse. Usually, it is caused by the bacteria that cause gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhea) or chlamydial infection (Chlamydia trachomatis) which are sexually transmitted diseased.
-Also the bacterial may enter through douching.
-Less commonly bacteria enter during delivery or an abortion or during a medical procedure, such as Dilation and Curettage (D & C).
-Typically starts in the cervix and uterus. Both fallopian tubes usually affected but not ovaries.
Prevention: Abstinence or only 1 sexual partner – if neither partner has STD. Refraining from douching in also helpful. Barrier method of birth control.
FIBROIDS: (Fibromyomas, Fibromas, Myofibromas, myomas and leiomyomas).
A fibroid is a non cancerous tumor composed of muscle and fibrous tissue. Fibroids are said to occur in ½ of black women. What causes fibroids to grow in the uterus is unknown. But high estrogen levels seem to stimulate their growth. Thus fibroids seem to grow larger during child bearing age and in pregnancy, but shrink during menopause. They may be microscopic or as large as a basketball.
They may not cause symptoms, but large ones that grow in the wall of the uterus may cause pain, pressure or a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic area during or between menstrual periods. May press on the bladder causing frequent urination or urgency. May press on the rectum causing constipation. Those just under the lining of the uterus cause MENSTRUAL BLEEDING to be HEAVIER or last LONGER than usual. Anaemia may result from the loss of blood.
During pregnancy problems include miscarriage, early (or preterm) labour, abnormal positioning (presentation) of the baby before delivery and excessive blood loss after delivery (post partum hemorrhage)
Treatment
Acupuncture for shrinkage including homeopuncture and certain supplements have been used for a therapy period of 8 – 10 weeks with about 60 – 70% success. The success rate can be higher depending on the willingness of the patient to continue therapy until sufficient shrinkage is achieved.

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