This occurs when a woman feels severe pain in the lower abdomen before,
during or after menstruation. Clinically, such pains can be classified
into the 'Excess', and 'Deficiency' type.
Shi (Excess type)
Menses is scanty, and purplish. The patient is depressed, and feels a
distending pain in the hypochondrium (area just below the lower ribs).
Patient has a wiry pulse, and a dark tongue with a thin coat.
Xu (Deficiency type)
This is subdivided into :
1) The deficiency of Qi, and the blood. The patient feels slight pain in
the abdomen due to weakness or illness. The menses is scanty, and thin
with thready pulse, pale tongue and thin coating.
2) The deficiency of liver, and kidney. The patient feels slight pain in
the abdomen before the menses. This is due to impairment of Chong, and
Ren meridiens from over-fertility, and excessive sexual activities which
cause feeble blood circulation. Clinically, she has pelvic inflammation,
and leucorrhea with lumbago tinnitus, and dizziness. The pulse is deep,
and thready. The tongue is pale with a thin/ dry coating.
Chinese Herbs to help ease Period Pains ?
Gruel of Macrostem Onion
Ground Rice, Macrostem onion
- Combine all the ingredients to make gruel (porridge-like).
Amomum Fruit & Lotus Root Powder
Amomum fruit, Aucklandia root
- Ground the two ingredients into powder. Together with the lotus root
powder, take the ground powder with sugar after infusing them in boiling
Finger Citron & Ginger
Finger Citron, Fresh Ginger
- Simmer in water, remove, and drink the decoction
Peach Kernel Gruel
peach kernel, polished ground rice
- Pound the peach kernels, add water to get its extract. Make thin gruel
with the peach kernel extract, and rice.
Raddish : Make sour with
raddish, flavor with salt/pepper before serving.
Barley : Grind the barley
into rough pieces, then make gruel with the barley. Consume.
Orange : Soak the oranges in
water to remove the sour taste. Add honey to make a decoction. Drink in
small doses at short intervals.
Mutton Soup with Chinese Angelica Root &
Chinese angelica root, mutton, fresh ginger
- Stew the above to make a soup
Black Chicken Soup
1 black chicken, tangerine peel, galangal, pepper, tsaoko, scallion &
- Combine all the above to make a stew. Preparation is ready when the
chicken is cooked.
Chinese Angelica Root & Pig's Liver
Chinese angelica root, pork liver, water
- Bring the ingredients to a boil, and it is ready for consumption.
Mutton Soup with Chinese Prickly Ash & Ginger
fresh ginger, Chinese prickly ash peel a few grains, star anise a few
- Make soup with all the ingredients. Ingredients can be eaten
Black Edible Fungus Drink
black edible fungus 6g, sugar to taste
- Boil the ingredients until the fungus are well done. Drink
Chinese Date : Decoct the dried dates in water for drinking.