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Menstruation – why do I feel so bad?

When “your” days come, are they accompanied by abdominal pain, headaches, backaches, lower physical strength, irritability, or all these symptoms combined? In this post, I’ll try to explain what I have learned regarding the reasons of such conditions.

Menstruation as an indication of your wellbeing

I have been caring for my health these past few years in accordance with the rules of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM from now on), which focuses on eliminating the reasons behind the illness, not just its symptoms. Adhering to TCM has made me realize how important it is to listen to your body and observe it, because it can tell you where the real problems lie. For example, an important clue on your general wellbeing is the way you feel during menstruation.

Blood and QI congestion - is something wrong?

According to TCM, if the blood and QI (the vital energy nourishing the body) in your body do not flow properly and congestions form, you are sure to feel it in the form of various ailments.

Symptoms related to PMS and experienced while menstruating, including abdominal pain, headaches, backaches, lower physical strength, irritability all suggest that such congestions are taking place inside your body. The same applies when we witness a decrease in menstruation, as well as clots within the bleeding. Chronic, untreated congestion can lead to serious illnesses, including cysts, tumors and fibroids.

How does congestion start?

Blood congestion is common among women, especially in the lower abdominal area, and is associated with most gynecological disorders. There are many reasons they come about, but the most commonly known include:

  • QI congestion and deficiency – a lowering of vital energy that drives blood and distributes it within the body;

  • blood deficiency – a result of, for example, professional sport or intensive intellectual strain.

  • accumulation of moisture and mucus – these weaken digestion and contaminate blood; Most commonly, they are related to eating foods that are very sweet, that have a low temperature (all kinds of so called raw food) as well as those that facilitate the formation of mucus (for example meats, ice cream, eggs, dairy)

  • frustration and low levels of self-acceptance – if the causes of the congestion are emotional, then the only way of treating it is observation and self-awareness and self-improvement, preferably with the guidance of an experienced psychologist.

What to do?

It’s extremely difficult to definitely verify a blood or QI congestion. The ailments associated with PMS and experienced during menstruating I have described above are just some of the clues. The safest course of action is a visit with a doctor who specializes in TCM. Following a thorough examination, taking into account your mental state as well as lifestyle, they will be able to state whether there’s a congestion taking place in your body, and will recommend an appropriate course of action, especially an appropriate diet. In many cases, a change of eating habits is enough to eliminate congestions. Others may require acupuncture or herbs.

Want to learn more or get in touch with a specialist?

If you want to read up on the basics of TCM, I’d start from Traditional Chinese Medicine by Georg Weidinger.

If you’d like to schedule a visit with a TCM specialist, contact details can be found here: Mrs. Helena Gworek


The information provided in the article is not written by a doctor and does not constitute medical advice. Any and all suggestions that are provided are informative by nature and should not be treated as substitutes for individual diagnosis and individually assigned treatment.

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