Saturday, November 04, 2023
Dysmenorrhea, commonly known as period pain, is a prevalent issue that many women face. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a unique approach to managing this discomfort through a technique called Gua sha. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how Gua sha can help alleviate the symptoms of dysmenorrhea (period pain).
Dysmenorrhea is a medical condition characterized by severe menstrual cramps, which can be debilitating for some women. It often appears as a chronic problem that can last for several years, significantly impacting quality of life.
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese therapy that involves scraping your skin with a Gua sha tool to improve blood circulation in the tissue bed. This ancient healing technique offers a unique approach to treating dysmenorrhea (period pain), focusing not just on the symptoms but also on the root cause of the problem.
In my treatment center in North Africa, I saw firsthand how Gua sha can alleviate the symptoms of dysmenorrhea (period pain). I have incorporated the protocol of the Reproductive Center of Tianjin First Affiliated Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, based on a study in 2006 by Xia Junbo and Shi Li. This protocol includes specific areas to apply Gua sha strokes, on the abdomen, leg, back, hand, and foot.
Here are the places that I recommend to treat with Gua sha for period pain relief:
1. On the abdomen:
2. On the legs:
3. On the back:
4. On the hands:
5. On the feet:
Over the years, I've seen many patients find relief from their menstrual pain through Gua sha. These case studies and insights serve as a testament to the potential of this ancient healing technique in treating modern health issues. Gua sha is more than just a physical treatment; it's a holistic approach to health that can help manage and alleviate period pain (dysmenorrhea).
Director of Komorebi Institute
From researching underfunded healthcare in Uganda, to running a thriving chronic illness clinic in North Africa, to collaborating with hospitals in Sri Lanka to train staff and empower communities - My journey has been dedicated to democratizing access to beauty and health.