2. Secondary amenrrhea is defined as period beginning at the appropriate age, but later stops for more than 3 cycles.Traditional Chinese medicine classifies amenorrhea according the deficiency or excess pattern of three main organs, kidney, spleen and liver in the women body. Here are 4 common patterns causes of amenorrhea, Kidney Deficiency, Blood and qi deficiency, Qi and Blood Stagnation, Phlegm Dampness Retention.
Remember, in TCM, Difference diseases with same treatment and same disease with different treatments is very common and nothing to alarm about.
Blood and qi stagnation
qi stagnation can defined as a condition is a result of spleen qi deficiency as a result that foods qi and nutrients have nor been absobed,that can lead to qi deficiency to other organs, causing an obstruction and poor promotion of the blood circulation.
Blood and qi stagnation in the body cause abnormal function of kidney in regulating the fluids in nourishing and moistening the reproductive organs, leading to water retention in the body, including the hypochodrium.
2. Deep-purple blood with clots,
Deep-purple blood with clots is caused by blood stasis as resulting of abnormal function of kidney in moistening the uterus and the liver function in regulating the blood flow to support the menstrual flow, leading to no menstruation.
3. Ecchymoses on the tongue edges
Ecchymose is defined as the end of tongue is covered with many small bluish-black spots. It is caused by blood stagnation as resulting of the inability of spleen in moving blood smoothly in the body and liver abnormal function in blood formation.
4. Wiry-choppy-strong pulse.
While there is blood and qi stagnation, blood can not move as normal, causing blood circulation
irregularity as resulting of certain meridians being blocked, leading wiry-choppy-strong pulse.
Causes and risk factors
Liver is important for blood formation and the lung. It helps to regulate the movement of qi in the body. Obstruction of blood in certain organs may also cause qi stagnation, leading to menstrual cramps and pain before, during and after menstruation. Causes of blood and qi stagnation include:
1. Chronic inflammation
The prolonged period of inflammation causes blood static as a result of increasing blood flow to inflammation regions and distorting the immune system in fighting against foreign bacteria and virus function, leading to blood stagnation.
2. Liver function
Liver is vital for blood formation and waste removal. Abnormal function of liver causes old estrogen or other hormones as well as old blood remaining in the body's organs, leading to blood stagnation thus increasing the risk of menstrual irregularity and dysmenorrhrea.
3. Inability of respiratory function
If the lung is damaged for whatever reasons, it may affect the lung's ability to move qi in the pathway of the meridian, leading to blood stagnation in the reproductive region.
4. Stress and depression
Stress and depression caused by an unexpected event can affect the liver function in regulating the psychosocial symptoms of the nervous system and physical symptoms of blood formation, leading to liver qi and blood stagnation that contribute to symptoms of dysmenorrhrea.
5. Unhealthy diet
Unhealthy diet high in saturated and trans fat affect the blood and qi movement, because it causes the building up of cholesterol in the blood stream, thereby reducing the lung's function in regulating qi movement and the heart's function in blood circulation.
I. Herbs for qi stagnation
Qi stagnation can be classifies into 3 groups
A. Spleen and stomach qi stagnation
1. Mu Gua (quince fruit)
Besides helping to increase spleen function in food digestion, it increases the kidney function in qi and fluids regulation, thereby, reducing the dampness accumulated caused by kidney qi stagnation and preventing its the moving downward tendency, causing abdominal pain and spasms during menstrual cycle.
2. Chen Pi (tangerine peel)
Chen pi is Spleen and kidney tonic herb. It presentation besides improves the Spleen qi function moving downward, thereby, reducing spleen stagnation causes of abdominal distention, fullness, bloating and digestive disorder, it also increases of the function to dry dampness, thus decreasing the kidney congestion, leading to coughs with stifling sensation in the chest.
3. Zhi Shi (immature bitter orange)
Zhi shi has been used for thousand of years in traditional Chinese medicine in treating qi stagnation in kidney caused by accumulated of phlegm due to kidney deficiency, thereby reducing the dampness that causes distention.
1. Xiang Fu (nut grass rhizome)
It is one the herbs helped to regulate the qi flow by smoothing the liver and congestion of Spleen qi caused by excessive yin or yang, thus reducing qi stagnation caused by disharmonization of liver and Spleen causes of abdominal cramps and pain. It is said that xiang fu also has a function impromoting regular menstruation.
Zhi ke promote healthy liver, it promotes a strong liver qi function, thereby, increasing its function in blood formation and transportation to the heart for circulation.
3. Wu Yao (lindera root)
Wu yao is one the warm with the main function of warming the kidney caused by kidney yang defieciency. It is only used for patient with evidence of liver qi stagnation caused by prolong intake of cold foods or working in a cold environment. Since its function is to restore the liver qi flow due to cold constraint, it reduces the blood stagnation causes of menstrual pain.
1. Chen xiang (Aloeswood )
The herb is a warm her with bitter taste. According to traditional Chinese medicine, it works well to restore the lung qi stagnation caused by spleen, stomach and kidney channels dis-harmonization. By warming and regulating the lung qi downward movement pungent and bitter in flavour, and warm in nature, thereby reducing the upper and middle qi congestion ,thus eliminating hiccup, relieving asthma and abnormal cramps and pain caused by constipation.
2. Tan Xiang (sandalwood)
Tan xiang promotes lung qi movement, thus alleviating the pain caused by chest congestion and and abdomen pain caused by rebellion qi flow.
II. Herbs for blood stagnation
Normally blood stagnation is caused by qi stagnation or liver blood stasis. If the causes of blood stagnation is caused by qi stagnation, then by smoothing the qi flow, it will eliminate the blood stagnation. On the hand, if the blood stasis is caused by liver congestion, then the following herbs can be helpful
1. White Peony Root - (bai shao)
White peony root nourishes the blood and tones the uterus, it reduces the symptoms of yin deficiency causes of no menstruation .
2. Ass-hide glue - (e jiao)
Ass-hide glue is a blood tonic herb that promotes the liver function in blood formation and lung dryness caused by yin deficiency.
3. Wolfberry fruit - (gou qi zi)
Although wolfberry fruit is neutral herb, it has a function to promote yin and yang harmonization, thereby decreasing the dryness of lung qi that can lead to the blood stagnation
4. Polygonum multiflorum - (he shou wu)
Fleence is said to help improve the liver function by eliminating the liver toxin accumulation and expelling the "wind" from the skin, thereby increasing the liver function in blood formation and transportation.
5. Longan - (long yan rou)
Logan is warm in nature, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating yang deficiency causes of blood stagnation due to inability of the heart in blood circulation.
6. White mulberry fruit - (sang shen)
White mulberry fruit is a blood tonic herb, it helps to tonifies the blood as result of yin deficiency by promoting and generating body fluids, resulting in lessening the risk of blood stagnation causes of no period.
7. Angelica Root - (dang gui)
Angellica root is considered as a queen herb in TCM, beside helping to tonifies the blood and regulate the women menstruation, it also promotes blood flow to the abdomen, thus decreasing the risk of over active uterine muscles, causing amenorrhea
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