Treating Period Pain with Acupuncture
From the perspective of visceral syndrome differentiation, period pain (dysmenorrhea) is mainly related to the liver, spleen, and kidney, so the acupuncture method is to take Guanyuan, Sanyinjiao, Xuehai, and other foot’s Sanyin meridian and Renmai points.
However, it has been found in clinical practice that when period pain occurs, the immediate analgesic effect of acupuncture at the above-mentioned acupoints is not ideal.
The disease location of period pain is in the uterus, that is, the female scorpion. The female cell is one of Qiheng’s organs. Because the Chong, Ren, and Du channels all arise in the cell, the treatment of this disease cannot be separated from the Chong, Ren, and Du channels. Although the three organs of the liver, spleen, and kidney can be effective, it is far inferior to regulating the Chong and Ren Du Channel and directly acting on the uterus. Therefore, the seventeen vertebrae or Shenque points are often used for clinical treatment, and the effect is quite good.
“During an early trip, a girl suffered from period pain. She knew that I was an acupuncture doctor. She asked me for acupuncture. The needles were kept for 30 minutes at Guanyuan, Sanyinjiao, and Xuehai according to the conventional acupuncture prescription (pictures from above). The pain did not decrease significantly. After the acupuncture was started, I wanted to acupuncture the Balao and other acupoints, but there was no obvious tenderness. On the contrary, the tenderness was very obvious in the seventeenth vertebrae” (circled in red below).
After pressing with the thumb for less than 1 minute, the pain has disappeared. Later, several cases of period pain were treated, the acupuncture at Guanyuan, Sanyinjiao, and other acupoints failed to relieve the pain immediately, but the pain of the seventeen vertebrae was stopped by pressing the needle. For more than 20 years, in cases of period pain, pressing the seventeen vertebrae was done first, then acupuncture, these two methods cooperate shows an immediate effect.
When having acupuncture at the seventeen vertebrae, you can also add acupuncture to the Chengshan point.
Use a 3-inch needle to obliquely puncture upwards. After the needle is lifted, you can cup the seventeen vertebrae for 5 to 10 minutes. The effect is better. The seventeenth vertebra is under the spinous process of the fifth lumbar vertebra. Although it is an odd acupuncture point outside the meridian, the effect of acupuncture on the line of the governor channel is related to the fact that the governor channel is a sea of yang channels and arises in the cell. The most suitable for period pain with blood stasis.
Period pain is mostly abdominal pain, the abdomen is yin, the seventeen vertebrae are in the lumbosacral region, and the lumbosacral region is yang, so the seventeen vertebrae treatment of period pain also belongs to “inducing yin from yang” and “yin disease treating yang”. Shenque point is also very effective in treating period pain. The treatment of primary period pain with medicine-separated moxibustion on the umbilical cord was used as a research topic. As a result, 30 cases were treated with an effective rate of 100%. In theory, Shenque can cure all gynecological diseases. Why? The basic pathogenesis of gynecological diseases is the injury of the 4 meridians of the Chongrendu belt, and the navel-Shenque point directly communicates with the 4 meridians. Therefore, the use of umbilical acupuncture while treating dysmenorrhea can have a needle-to-pain relieving effect.
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