April Bui Holistic Acupuncture

Houston, TX  .  Memorial Spring Branch

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Menstrual Disorders

This page does not include heavy & painful period as this topic is discussed on a different page -- please go to  HEAVY & PAINFUL PERIOD.

On this page is a brief discussion about menstrual disorders including PMS, irregular period, absence of period, scanty period, prolonged period, spotting between periods according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition by Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.


Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principle, concept, language, and treatment method from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. 


The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.

Chinese Medicine Terminology

Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.

  • Qi - means energy and is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in our physical realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.

  • Blood - the food sustenance for life force and nourishment for all functions in our body. 

  • Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
  • Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.

  • Jing Essence - the vital substance which governs and originates the primal foundation for the soul aspect and physical aspect at the moment of conception as well as throughout life. Essence is intrinsically connected to and stored in the kidneys. Essence also helps to create bone marrow and reproductive vital substances such as semen, sperms, eggs, menstrual blood.

  • Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.

  • Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.

  • Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.

  • Meridian - another term for energy channel.
  • Deficiency, excess - the condition of imbalance in the body relative to a normal balance.

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:

Based on our clinical experience, most menstrual disorders are commonly caused by deficiencies and/or blood stagnation.  Additionally physical and mental overexertion, chronic or acute stress, injury, trauma, post childbirth, significantly enlarged tumors all play significant roles in many menstrual disorders. The following imbalances are common patterns found in the majority of cases:


• Qi stagnation of liver, heart, kidney, ren, chong channels (PMS, painful & heavy period, irregular period)

• Blood stagnation (heavy and painful period, PMS)

• Qi deficiency of spleen and kidney (Irregular period, prolonged period, spotting between period, PMS)

• Blood deficiency (Absence of period, scanty period, irregular period, painful period)

• Yin deficiency of liver, heart, spleen, kidney (PMS, irregular period)

• Yang deficiency of spleen, kidney (absence of period)

• Essence deficiency (absence of period)

• Excessive heat (heavy period, PMS, irregular period, spotting between period)

• Excessive cold (scanty period, irregular period, painful period, PMS)

Treatment Protocol:

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and moxa therapy are the primary methods used in menstrual treatment to achieve these healing effects:


• Open the affected energy channels to move qi and blood.

• Disperse qi stagnation.

• Break up blood stagnation.

• Nourish qi and build blood.

• Nourish yin, yang, and essence.

• Drain heat.

• Dispel cold, warm uterus.


The initial phase of treatment comprises of 12 weekly sessions. Continuing maintenance treatment is necessary until a normal menstruation pattern is achieved. 


Extra care should be given to the body in the week before and during the period - rest more, do not overexert, avoid or minimize stress, avoid sex during bleeding days.

Individualized Assessment:

An in-person consultation is necessary in order for us to give you an in-depth assessment and to recommend an individualized treatment plan. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation appointment.

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