Irregular menstruation can be early or delay period. This occurs due to certain factors such as age, stress, lifestyles, hormone imbalance, underlying health issues. Chinese medicine aims to address the imbalance of the body. Lesley often uses Chinese herbal medicine for this condition. She may also suggest lifestyle or dietary changes according to individual conditions.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common condition in women in the reproductive age. It is diagnosed by ultrasound, hormone blood test and clinical symptoms. This condition means that there are too many unhealthy follicles in the ovaries and it is harder to ovulate, or even no ovulation at all. Often this can lead to delay menstruation or no period (amenhorrea). Clinically women who has PCOS can be overweight, normal weight or even underweight. Other symptoms may include high testosterone, acne, excessive body hair (hirsutism), insulin resistance.
Lesley uses Chinese herbal medicine to improve ovary function and bring back a regular menstrual cycle for her clients. A recent study (Arentz & et. al. 2017) conducted through the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University, found PCOS symptoms improved after using herbal medicine (combined Chinese and Western herbs) for 3 months.
Many women has mild period pain during the first day of period cycle and this requires no treatment. However, some women can experience severe period pain regularly and they need to take strong pain relief medication. Sometimes a painful period may come with heavy bleeding or blood clots. Chinese medicine has been treating painful period for thousands of years. Often the TCM theory is that there is a stagnation in the body causing pain, whether it be a qi stagnation or blood stagnation.
S. Arentz, C.A. Smith, J. Abbott, P. Fahey, B.S. Cheema & A. Bensoussan 2017,
"Lifestyle and Herbal Medicine in Overweight Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A Randomized Controlled Trial", Phytotherpy Research, 2017 Sep;31(9):1330-1340