Heavy Blood Flow

Natural Remedies for Menorrhagia

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The amount of bleeding during menstrual cycles differs from woman to woman, but sometimes bleeding can be significant enough that normal activities become difficult or impossible. There are many conditions that can cause Menorrhagia, which can lead to anemia and/or severe pain during the menstruation cycle. To control this condition and help you live your life normally, we’ll develop your personal plan that addresses your needs.

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Our Holistic Approach to Treating Menorrhagia

Although many women experience heavy blood flow during their periods, even to the point of causing significant disruptions, many do not seek help. Some women believe their blood loss is normal, maybe knowing that women in their family have also experienced the same situation. Embarrassment over discussing these matters or anxiety about advocating for your own health can also hold women back from seeking treatment. 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.

Causes of Heavy Blood Flow During Menstruation

Menorrhagia in women can be caused by a number of conditions, such as a hormone imbalance, uterine fibroids, polyps, endometriosis, trauma, malignant growths, or the cause can sometimes be unknown.

Hormone imbalances cause the lining of the uterus to build up and shed to an excessive amount during menstruation and can be caused by a number of conditions. Other causes for menorrhagia could include uterine cancer, bleeding disorders, or medication side effects, including IUD issues.

To rule out any serious conditions, we always advise making an appointment with your gynecologist or other medical professional.

Heavy Blood Flow During Pregnancy

Light bleeding, often referred to as spotting, can occur early on or later during pregnancy. Some light bleeding in the first trimester is fairly common and is not usually an indicator of major issues. However, bleeding later in pregnancy is likely a sign of a more serious problem. If you experience bleeding late in pregnancy, contact your OB/GYN or other medical professional.

If you are experiencing heavy blood flow at any point during your pregnancy, you should call 911 and get emergency help immediately.

Premenopausal Menorrhagia Treatment

Bleeding during perimenopause is fairly common and is not usually an indicator of a serious issues. To learn more, read about our treatment of menopause symptoms.

Menorrhagia Natural Treatment Options

Menorrhagia can have a number of causes, and while some of those causes may require medical procedures, many issues can be addressed naturally. Acupuncture and Chinese herb formulas are highly effective ways to reestablish a regular menstruation cycle. 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, or a mix of both.

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Acupuncture

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Acupuncture for Menorrhagia

Acupuncture helps stabilize the entire monthly cycle by rebalancing the hormones in the body. Treatment works to address the root causes of heavy blood flow, 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. 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 Remedies for Menorrhagia

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. The medicine works to address the root causes of heavy blood flow such as excess internal heat or qi not holding the blood in the body.

Most patients taking a custom Chinese herbal formula that also receive acupuncture 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 treatments after 2-3 months.

Attentive Care for Women

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These practitioners help me understand what’s going on in my body much better than any gynecologist has been able to.

I came to Transformational Acupuncture after nearly two years of intense chronic pain and discomfort related to autoimmune and gynecological disorders. From my very first visits, the practitioners here have given me a level of care and attention that is far above and beyond what I got from any of the multiple doctors and specialists I’ve seen in the past two years. These people really care about the health and well-being of their patients. They’re not in it for the money, and they don’t push me to take drugs or buy products. They track my symptoms with great care and detail and take the time to assess my progress with every visit. At times, they’ve even referred me to other practices. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to natural health care practices. Women’s health care is incredibly poor in this country. But these practitioners help me understand what’s going on in my body much better than any gynecologist has been able to.

I highly recommend Transformational Acupuncture for all your acupuncture and Chinese medicine needs. My health journey is a long and slow one. Transformational Acupuncture was the first practice in two years that helped me make some progress.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Menorrhagia?

Menorrhagia is when menstrual cycles produce a high level of menstrual blood or when bleeding lasts for a prolonged period of time. Bleeding in this amount can cause disruptions to daily life due to painful cramping and/or weakness from blood loss.

​​Symptoms of menorrhagia:

  • Soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours
  • Needing to use double sanitary protection to control your menstrual flow
  • Needing to wake up to change sanitary protection during the night
  • Bleeding for longer than a week
  • Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
  • Restricting daily activities due to heavy menstrual flow
  • Symptoms of anemia, such as tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath

Cite: Mayo Clinic, Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) for symptoms

Menorrhagia vs Dysmenorrhea

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

Why Is My Period Blood Flow So Heavy?

Heavy blood flow, or Menorrhagia, in women is a fairly common disorder. It can be caused by a number of conditions, such as a hormone imbalance, uterine fibroids, polyps, endometriosis, trauma, malignant growths, or can sometimes be unknown.

Hormone imbalances cause the lining of the uterus to build up and shed to an excessive amount during menstruation and can be caused by a number of conditions. Other causes for menorrhagia could include uterine cancer, bleeding disorders, or medication side effects, including IUDs.

How to Reduce Heavy Blood Flow During Period

There are a number of steps to take to reduce heavy blood flow during periods. You can address these issues through a number of medical treatments such as medications, birth control, or surgery to get rid of fibroids or to remove the lining of the uterus,  but there are a number of natural ways to help as well.

We use acupuncture treatments to help stabilize the entire monthly cycle by rebalancing the hormones in the body. In addition to acupuncture, we may also recommend Chinese herbal blends. The herbs provide the body with necessary nutrients and rebalance hormonal levels. The medicine works to address the root causes of heavy blood flow such as excess internal heat or qi not holding the blood in the body.

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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