Moxibustion & Acupuncture for Menorrhagia
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) moxibustion at seventeen vertebrae points has been effective in treating more than 20 cases of menorrhagia (menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding). The method is simple and easy to implement.
It has the best effect on patients with menorrhagia syndrome and body dampness. It is also suitable for uterine bleeding and postpartum hemorrhage, and pelvic inflammation. It also has a certain effect, so it is introduced as follows:
- Point selection and treatment Seventeen vertebrae points are located under the spinous process of the fifth lumbar vertebra.
- During the treatment, the patient lay prone and warmed moxibustion on the acupuncture point for 40 minutes. After moxibustion, there is obvious heat in the pelvic cavity. The effect is better when combined with acupuncture for 2 to 5 minutes before moxibustion.
Typical case Female, 32 years old, married. First visit.
The patient has menorrhagia, accompanied by dizziness, weakness, and fatigue for two days. In the past six months, the patient’s menstrual volume has been significantly increased than before, and the menstrual course has been prolonged for 6-8 days. At the same time, her face was pale, her speech was weak, and her waist and knees were sore and empty.
After the diagnosis, moxibustion was used at the seventeen vertebrae points for 15 minutes, she commented the lower abdomen and lower back are more gentle and comfortable. Moxibustion then continued for another 40 minutes. On the same day, the menstrual volume was significantly reduced, and the second and third days were treated with the same method twice. “I felt that my appetite was doubled, and my menstrual period was shortened to five days. It is now normal.”
The patient was followed up several months later, the effect was consolidated.
The seventeen vertebrae points are unique points outside the meridian. They are located on the path of the Du Channel and are in the neighbouring uterus. Using moxibustion at this point can pass through the meridians, replenish qi and activate blood, and regulate Ren, Du, and Chong. This method is used to treat menorrhagia, especially for those with the deficiency-cold syndrome. If the symptoms are large in the menstrual flow, the colour is pale red, the quality is thin, or the complexion is white, shortness of breath, and weakness.
Through clinical practise, we have realized that this method is also suitable for metrorrhagia and postpartum hemorrhage, and has a certain effect on pelvic inflammation.
Hidden white, seventeen vertebrae Yinbai is the “root” of the Taiyin, which nourishes the temper, and the spleen governs the movement and transformation needs the promotion of Yang Qi.
If the spleen yang is not shaken and loses its control, the blood does not return to menstruation, which can cause uterine bleeding in women. Buyingbai (or moxibustion) can raise the sinking yang and with moxibustion on the seventeen vertebrae (external acupoints) for warming and tonifying the kidney, the uterine bleeding will stop.
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