Menstrual Cramps? Acupuncture Can Help

Chinese Medicine, menstrual cramps, Healthy Living ChicagoDo you suffer from horrible menstrual cramps every month? Menstrual pain is a common cause of school and work absenteeism. Up to 7 out of 10 teenagers and 1 of 4 adult women miss school or work according to some studies. Doctors are managing the symptoms with painkillers and hormonal products. Chinese medicine can help with no drugs!

When I was a teenager I suffered horrible premenstrual cramps for the longest time. I missed some school days and some physical activities due to the intense pain, as many of us I thought menstrual pain was “normal” and expected. After many years of studying at medical school and specializing in pharmacology, I learned how to manage my pain better by using at least two different over the counter products and pills.

It was not until recently when I was exposed to Chinese medicine that I learned that it is not “normal” to have pain.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years to eliminate the blockage that causes pain. It was amazing to learn that, according to the Chinese medicine understanding, pain is caused when there is blockage of qi or flow.  So simple, yet complex to understand from the western perspective, since we are not used to the term qi. Qi or “chee” which is the concept used in Chinese medicine to designate the vital flow or life energy, which can be understood as blood, fluids and other substances that exist in the body.

Ensuring that the qi flows without obstructions is one of the main concepts of acupuncture. If you are willing to try a natural method without drugs or hormones, give acupuncture a try and join the group of women who are living without menstrual pain. I have seen many cases where menstrual pain is greatly reduced after a few acupuncture sessions. In some cases dietary changes and lifestyle are also needed to keep the qi flowing so there is no more pain.


By Cristina Torres-Moore MSOM, (MD Mx), LAc

Integral Alternative Medicine

Disclaimer: This article contains my personal opinion about health topics for information and educational purposes only and does not substitute medical advice.  If you have any questions related with your condition you should contact your doctor or healthcare provider.   If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.


  1. Dr. Michael Veerman

    Acupuncture can help with many conditions. I feel that it helps balance the body and mind relationship and when these are in balance it will help patients with many conditions.

  2. Dr. Smitherman

    Dr. Torres-Moore! I could not agree more. Acupuncture works wonders for so many women’s health conditions. Infertility, PMS, PCOS, it is phenomenal. Combined with other natural approaches the results are synergistically fantastic. I have regularly referred between myself and local acupuncturists before moving to Chicagoland for co-management of women’s health conditions. I have always been impressed with results in those patients.


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