Jun 17, 2010
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The Eastern Science Way of Mapping the Menstrual Cycle – Part II



Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM has its own fascinating take on menses and maternity. Here is a complete elucidation of the menstrual cycle according to the TCM perspective.

Week 3-Fertilization and Embedding

Subsequent to ovulation, the FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) levels instantaneously plummet, and follicle producing the egg would become the corpus luteum (cyst-like formation) and would need to last for a minimal of ten days which would allow ample time for embedding in case egg fertilization has occurred.

TCM Approach

Females tend to be quite warm during the luteal period and TCM lays emphasis on the significance of a warmer uterus to facilitate embedding. Yang is believed to have a warming effect on the body and when temperature rises, females have a greater likelihood of conceiving.

Those who practise Traditional Chinese Medicine might advice:
  • Yang tonic forms advised for women having lesser BBT (basal body temperature) in their luteal phase for stimulating the body into producing larger amounts of progesterone.
  • Several herb forms for shortening the luteal phase or maintaining elevated body warmth.
  • OTC herbal formulation known as Ba Zhen Tang for boosting the ‘qi’.
  • Acupuncture therapy for aiding embedding and maintaining levels of progesterone.
Week 4- Budding embryo or the Pre-menstrual stage

In case fertilization has taken place, embryo that develops would arrive inside the uterus to embed. During this instant, the body would produce human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) that would prevent the lining of the uterus from being shed and would help in sustaining the corpus luteum, manufacturing progesterone for maintaining gestational period.

Degeneration of corpus luteum would start in case fertilization fails to occur. During that instant, there is a drop in estrogen-progesterone levels and the hypothalamus being encouraged to elicit discharge of gonadotropin releasing hormone or GnRH and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) which commences the period and the menstrual cycle beginning once more.

TCM Approach

According to Traditional Chinese medicine, embedding would be based on numerous aspects inclusive of adequate blood supply to the uterine region and good-quality endometrium having no impediment.

After the fertilized egg implants inside the uterus, it would press its frontal and rear walls close to each other for holding the embryo in position. For achieving this, the body would remove fluids from the cavity of the uterus by absorption through the endometrial cells (a process known as pincytosis). According to TCM, in case there is presence of any form of disturbance to the fluid-metabolism then endometrium would become excessively slithery to be able to maintain embryo post-implantation. In case a woman has not yet conceived and ailing from pre-menstrual syndrome then it is viewed as an indication of imbalance.

Those who practise TCM might recommend:
  • Herb forms to tackle issues related to fluid-metabolism.
  • A basic herbal formulation known as Xiao Yao Wan advised for use seven days prior to menses due date for allaying premenstrual syndrome symptoms.
  • Acupuncture for regulating the slight hormonal imbalance which is common during that instant.

Read more at : The Eastern Science Way of Mapping the Menstrual Cycle – Part I

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