Category: Menstrual Disorder

Is This Really a Good Idea?

I work predominantly with people who have a hormone problem – infertility, PMS, menopause, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, hypothyroidism, acne, anxiety, cervical dysplasia, adenomyosis, painful periods, heavy periods, irregular periods etc.  Many of these people have been through the medical route either unsuccessfully or with too many unwanted side effects.  Frequently these hormonally imbalanced people have been put on hormones.  At best this approach is only masking an underlying imbalance that will return when the hormones are taken away.  At worst, putting hormones into someone whose body is not managing hormones correctly can be downright dangerous.  More than one patient of mine who has been put on hormone treatment has developed blood clots, these women are fortunate to be alive to tell their story.  My way of thinking is if someone’s hormones are imbalanced, does it really seem like a good idea to throw some more hormones into them?  Wouldn’t it be a better idea to assist their body by:

  1. Producing any hormones that appear to be inadequate by supporting the thyroid, the adrenal glands, the ovaries, the pituitary etc?
  2. Facilitating removal of any hormones that may be in excess through the liver?
  3. Facilitating removal of chemicals, pollutants, pesticides and herbicides that can act like hormones in your body? 
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New Research: Evaluating the effect of magnesium and magnesium plus vitamin B6 supplement on the severity of premenstrual syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. The objective of this study is to determine the effect of magnesium (Mg), combination of vitamin B6 and Mg, and the placebo on the severity of PMS symptoms. This study found that the decrease in symptoms was the greatest in the Mg plus vitamin B6 group.

Source: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 401-405, December 2010.

Electroacupuncture Relieves Menstrual Pain

In a prospective, randomized, controlled trial involving 52 women with primary dysmenorrhea (painful periods), women who received electro-acupuncture at acupoint SP-6 – a point traditionally used to balance menstrual cycle abnormalities in Chinese medicine – for a period of 10 minutes, was found to significantly reduce menstrual pain and verbal rating scale scores, as compared to results found in women treated with electro-acupuncture at a different, non-relevant, acupuncture point (GB39), as compared to needling of an adjacent, non-meridian point, and as compared to a waiting list group. The authors conclude, “Electro-acupuncture at SP6 can immediately relieve menstrual pain and minimize the influence of pain on daily life…. The data preliminarily show the specificity of SP6 for the immediate pain relief of primary dysmenorrhea.”

Source: “A Comparative Study on the Immediate Effects of Electroacupuncture at Sanyinjiao (SP6), Xuanzhong (GB39) and a Non-Meridian Point, on Menstrual Pain and Uterine Arterial Blood Flow, in Primary Dysmenorrhea Patients,” Ma YX, Ma LX, et al, Pain Med, 2010 Oct; 11(10): 1564-75.