Period Cramps / Period Pain

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Chinese Medicine Theory shows that there are some patterns of period cramps.
Clinically, the most frequent patterns are Qi stagnation, Blood stasis, and Cold-damp. Qi /Blood stagnation in the lower abdominal area will cause pain, Cold-Damp is one of the causes of Qi/Blood stagnation.

Treating period cramps with acupuncture, the acupuncturists would choose Ren and Sp Meridians’ acupuncture points, because Ren Meridian connects the uterus and ovaries and Sp Meridian can promote Qi and Blood circulation. Thus getting incredible results in reducing pain and discomfort.

“I came to Dr. Fu from a referral from a friend who had experienced great success with him in managing her pain that comes with having endometriosis. I too have always suffered with horrible and debilitating pain from my periods my whole life. The only option that was given to me was birth control pills. Unfortunately, just like many other pharmaceutical drugs there are always side effects with them. Plus I did not want to be on synthetic hormones for the rest of my life and it wasn’t helping my pain that much anyway.
Fast forward to after the birth of my first daughter. After I had her and my periods came back, they were as painful as ever. What was worse is that I suffered from horrible ovulation pain as well. My abdomen would swell up so big and I would basically be cramping and in pain from ovulation until my period. Basically I was in extreme pain for 2 weeks out of the month.
When I went to see my OB to figure out why I had all this pain she saw 2 chocolate cysts on my ultrasound and pointed to endometriosis. I was devastated. To think that I would be in pain for half the month every month was so hard for me to accept. My OB had mentioned surgery but since I was trying to get pregnant with my second baby that was not an option for now.
Also, what I figured out is that because I was on the pill for so long it suppresses ovulation so I never knew I suffered from ovulation pain too! But now that I was trying to get pregnant again, the pill was not an option.
So i suffered every month until I finally got pregnant again and didn’t have periods for a whole year. Fast forward again to after having my second baby. I was so scared and sad when I got my first post partem period because I did not want to suffer for 2 weeks out of the month again! By luck my friend told me about Dr. Fu and I made an appointment right away…read more”*:

R. S. (Irvine, CA)

Evidence for acupuncture for period cramps

Acupuncture for period cramps can be used as an effective treatment for period pains. In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information [1], they conclude that acupuncture for dysmenorrhea can be used as an effective and safe treatment for females with primary dysmenorrhea (the medical term for painful menstruation). In another study published in PLOS One [2], they found that acupuncture for period cramps was able to reduced menstrual pain intensity and duration after three months of acupuncture treatment and this was sustained for up to one year after trial entry.

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Dysmenorrhea is a medical term for painful menstrual cramps and it can be broken into two groups:

Primary dysmenorrhea

Primary dysmenorrhea is the more common form of menstrual cramps that recurs and not due to any health conditions. Primary dysmenorrhea is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea. This type of dysmenorrhea becomes less severe as a woman gets older and may stop completely when one has a baby.

Secondary dysmenorrhea

Secondary dysmenorrhea is menstrual pain caused by a medical disorder in the woman’s reproductive organs like endometriosis (most common cause), adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, or some infection. This type of dysmenorrhea usually is not accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fatigue, or diarrhea. In most cases, if you feel more painful period cramps later in life, it might be due to secondary dysmenorrhea.


Symptoms of dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea symptoms include:

  • Aching pain in the stomach
  • Pressure in the stomach
  • Pain in the hips, lower back, and inner thighs

Symptoms that can come with your period cramps

In some cases, there are some symptoms you might experience with your period cramps. These symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Loose stools
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

dysmenorrhea symptoms

If you are wondering if acupuncture for period pain can treat these symptoms, don’t worry. Acupuncture for period pain has many benefits which include the treatments of other symptoms related to your period cramps.


What helps period cramps?

Relieving period cramps can be really helpful especially if you are experiencing severe period pains. Here are what helps period cramps and acupuncture for menstrual cramps can help with some of these below:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Limit prostaglandin production
  • Block pain
  • Increase uterine blood flow
  • Treat an underlying condition, like endometriosis

Other things you might want to try to help relieve period cramps:

  • Heat
  • Diet changes
  • Supplementation
  • Stress relief
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercise
  • Sex
  • Self-care


Acupuncture for period cramps in Orange County

Do you need acupuncture to help deal with your period cramps? Our certified acupuncturists can help you. Visit our clinic, Irvine Meridian Acupuncture Health Center, and receive the best acupuncture for period cramps in Irvine. Call now to claim your free consultation or book an appointment: (949) 229-7498


Here another testimonial from a previous patient who has received acupuncture for menstrual pain:

“I’m beyond grateful to have found Dr. Fu since moving to Irvine to help me with my endometriosis problems. During my period when it got really bad, I was bed-ridden for days (besides constant bathroom runs), with cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea all rolled into one hellish experience. I was really adamant on getting treated thoroughly this time so I’ve been seeing him 3 times a week.  It’s really important you go regularly and to eat the herbs if you want to see results!

It’s been over two months now and I’m really happy to say I can now function normally when my period comes.  There is still light cramping, but it’s tolerable and I’m just thankful there’s no more vomiting! I actually look forward to my periods now, just to see and feel how much I’ve improved :)”

E.C. (Los Angeles, CA)

Related article: acupuncture for menopause cramps / menopause discomfort.


[1] Woo, Hye Lin et al. “The efficacy and safety of acupuncture in women with primary dysmenorrhea: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Medicine vol. 97,23 (2018): e11007. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000011007

[2] Armour M, Dahlen HG, Zhu X, Farquhar C, Smith CA (2017) The role of treatment timing and mode of stimulation in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea with acupuncture: An exploratory randomised controlled trial. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0180177.