Menstrual Cramps

Natural Remedies for Period Cramps

No woman should have to dread her monthly cycle because of painful cramping. We’ll address both the immediate pain and the root causes so you can regain balance in your body and your monthly cycle.

Creating a Peaceful Cycle

A menstrual cycle is a natural part of a woman’s life, but having to suffer through painful cramps should not be part of it. We understand that pain resulting from your cycle can impact your job, emotions, mental health, and overall well being. We’ll work with you to design a treatment plan that gets you to a place where pain is not holding you back.

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Our Holistic Approach to Treating Menstrual Cramps

No woman should have to dread her monthly cycle because of painful cramping. We’ll address both the immediate pain and the root causes so you can regain balance in your body and your monthly cycle. We promise to listen to every woman and provide an environment of trust and understanding. It is our mission to help you find natural ways to care for your body and live a healthier and happier life.

Cramps But No Period

While it is true that cramping is most often associated with your period, there are several reasons why you may be experiencing cramps outside of your menses. The two most common times to experience cramps outside of a period is during ovulation and during pregnancy. Other conditions, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts, can also cause cramping before your period. IUDs and other birth control medications can also impact the frequency and timing of cramping.

Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps can range from mildly inconvenient to severely painful. While some of those causes triggering that pain may require medical procedures, many issues can be addressed naturally. Acupuncture and Chinese herb formulas are highly effective ways to rebalance hormones and decrease pain. After discussing your history and identifying your needs, we’ll recommend a treatment plan that could involve acupuncture treatments, a tailored blend of Chinese herbs, CBD for menstrual cramps, or a mix of all three.

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Acupuncture

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Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture for Menstrual Cramps

Acupuncture helps stabilize the entire monthly cycle, bringing relief to patients experiencing a painful menstrual cycle. Pain is reduced by both rebalancing the hormones in the body and lowering overall pain receptors/sensations by increasing endorphins. Acupuncture treatments also go beyond reducing immediate pain and work to address the root causes of the pain, such as excessive clotting, heavy menstrual flow, PCOS, endometriosis, etc.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the lower abdomen between the pelvis and the belly button, on the lower legs, wrists, and sometimes elsewhere, such as the ears. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to feel results within 8-12 weeks and experience sustained results in 3-6 months.

Herbal Medicine for Menstrual Cramping

Chinese herb formulas are a completely customized medicine that is developed for each individual patient. The formulas are most typically used to promote the movement of qi and blood, providing the body with necessary nutrients and rebalancing hormonal levels that reduce menstrual pain. In addition to balance, Chinese medicine also lowers overall pain receptors/sensations by increasing endorphins while also going beyond reducing immediate pain and working to address the root causes of the pain (excessive clotting, heavy menstrual flow, PCOS, endometriosis, etc.).

To maximize the effectiveness of a patient’s treatment, it is recommended that Chinese herbal medicine be combined with acupuncture treatments. Those that take this approach typically experience increased improvement of their symptoms, quicker results, and more sustained results. Patients who are taking Chinese herbal medicine are also more likely to be able to reduce the frequency of acupuncture treatment after 2-3 months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dysmenorrhea?

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for severely painful abdomen cramps that occur in the abdomen. It is caused by uterine contractions. Most women experience these cramps during or just before the start of their period.

Dysmenorrhea vs Menorrhagia

Dysmenorrhea is intense pain/cramping during a menstrual cycle. Menorrhagia is excessive and/or prolonged bleeding during a menstrual cycle. A person can experience either menorrhagia or dysmenorrhea, or experience both at the same time.

Can You Have Menstrual Cramps Before Your Period?

Yes, you can have cramps before your period, or menses, begins. Cramping often occurs during your period, but there are also several reasons why you may be experiencing cramps at other times. The two most common times to experience cramps outside of a period is during ovulation and during pregnancy. Other conditions, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts, can also cause cramping before your period.

While cramping is considered normal during your period, exceedingly painful cramps can disrupt your life and should be addressed. We can work with you to help regulate your cycle and reduce pain.

Can You Have Menstrual Cramps After Your Period?

Yes, you can have cramps after your period. Cramping often occurs during your period, but there are also several reasons why you may be experiencing cramps at other times. Ovulation and pregnancy are the two most common times to experience cramps outside of a period. Other conditions, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts, can also cause cramping after your period.

While cramping is considered normal during your period, exceedingly painful cramps can disrupt your life and should be addressed. We can work with you to help regulate your cycle and reduce pain.

Why Do I Have Cramps But No Period

There are also several reasons why you may be experiencing cramps at times other than your period. It is fairly common to experience cramps during ovulation. Other conditions, such as pregnancy, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts, can also cause cramping outside of your period. You may also experience cramping even if you have irregular or no periods.

While cramping is considered normal during your period, exceedingly painful cramps can have a serious impact on your life and should be addressed. We can work with you to help regulate your cycle, reduce pain, and address the root causes of that pain.

What Causes Period Cramps?

Your uterus contracts to help expel its lining during your period. Hormonelike substances (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterine muscle contractions, resulting in the pain you feel.

Severe pain and cramping during your cycle could be caused by a number of medical conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or Adenomyosis. You should consult your gynecologist or other medical professional if you are experiencing intense period cramps.

What Helps Menstrual Cramps?

You can reduce the cramping and pain that comes during your period in a number of ways. There are medical treatments that can address pain, but natural methods are a highly effective alternative.  Acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal blends, as well as CBD for menstrual cramps, are highly successful treatments.

Your diet can also affect your cycle. There are many foods that help with menstrual cramps due to their vitamin and mineral contents. Some foods that may help reduce menstrual cramping include walnuts, almonds, salmon, avocados, and bananas.

Does Acupuncture Help With Menstrual Cramps?

Yes, acupuncture can significantly reduce or eliminate painful cramping experienced during a menstrual cycle. Acupuncture helps stabilize the entire monthly cycle by rebalancing the hormones in the body. Treatment works to address the root causes of menstrual cramps, such as excess internal heat or qi not holding the blood in the body.

How Does Acupuncture Ease Menstrual Cramps?

Acupuncture helps by stabilizing the entire monthly cycle by rebalancing the hormones in the body. Treatment works to address the root causes of menstrual cramps, such as excess internal heat or qi not holding the blood in the body.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the lower abdomen between the pelvis and the belly button, on the lower legs, wrists, and sometimes elsewhere, such as the ears.

What Herbs Help Menstrual Cramps?

Chinese herb formulas are a completely customized medicine that is developed for each individual patient. Herb formulas are most typically used to promote the movement of qi and blood, providing the body with necessary nutrients and rebalancing hormonal levels that reduce menstrual pain. In addition to balance, Chinese medicine also lowers overall pain receptors/sensations by increasing endorphins. They also work to address the root causes of the pain such as excessive clotting, heavy menstrual flow, PCOS, endometriosis, etc.

What To Expect

You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.

At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.

At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Your Patient Journey

At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve. 

Learn more about your complete patient journey.

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