Jun 11, 2010
Posted in Fertility

The Eastern Science Way of Mapping the Menstrual Cycle – Part I

If one thinks that everything about the menstrual cycle is known then there is a whole new point of view to been deciphered.

The western viewpoint on the menstrual cycle is well-known by many however it is not the sole one.

TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine has a diverse perspective on the menstrual cycle and maternity. Here is the TCM way elucidated week after week of the reproductive cycle.

Week 1 – Menses

Due to drop in progesterone-estrogen levels, the hypothalamus is signalled to produce a hormone which elicits uterine wall shedding that causes the onset of bleeding.

TCM Approach

Yin-&-Yang are contrasting forces within the body which require to be balanced for maintaining ideal health. Such duo forces are constantly at play in all objects. Yin is precisely described as a force that nourishes, moistens and cools the body whereas yang is a force that energizes, motivates and warms. In its largely extreme form, transformation of yang to yin and the converse occurs.

First day of the menstrual cycle is a stage when post-ovulation (other half of menstrual period cycle) the luteal phase or yang would change to menses or yin. Differently stated, it is the stage wherein yang changes to yn.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the amount and quality of menstrual gush during a period is a vital pointer of reproductive health. For example, blood clot formations could hamper ‘qi’ energy flowing that could be indicative of an obstruction to fecundity. Cramping not generally a worry in the West, are an indication of obstruction in menstrual flow.

Those who practise Traditional Chinese Medicine might advice the use of acupuncture therapy for influencing hormone path ways and balancing the endocrine system, stimulate menstrual flow for allaying cramping, preventing clot formations, building qi and aiding in follicle growth. At times, Dang Gui, is a type of herb employed for smoothening blood flowing during menses.

Week 2- Preparatory Phase to Ovulation

Thickening of the endometrial lining occurs as follicle development in the ovaries takes place. On the tenth day, 1 of the 2 follicles would start superseding the other and produce a matured egg. Approximately near the twelfth day, there is a surge in estrogen levels and the body would get the signal for producing LH or leutenizing hormone that would gesture the dominant follicle to burst and shed the egg.

TCM Approach

When one inches closer to ovulation, the menstrual cycle that had been controlled by feeding yin force would become largely yang. Among women having an extended follicular stage, practitioners would come to the decision whether this has occurred due to yin shortage that slackens follicles being produced or yang shortage which means postponed ovulation. The yin worth is believed to have an impact on egg quality.

Those who practise TCM might recommend herb forms known as yin tonics since the course of follicle development requires blood and yin. An OTC herbal cure known as Liu Wei Di Huang Wan functions as a yin-supplementing medium and stimulates follicle development.

There are several herbal cures which could augment mucus formation in the vagina and help in hormone level regulation.

Acupuncture therapy is done quite near the ovulation date in case slackened change to yang from yin is because of obstructed flow of qi. Acupuncture could facilitate uninhibited discharge of the egg.

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