How Acupuncture & Nutrition Can Help with the Painful Period

Posted by Christina Pistotnik

Dysmenorrhea is commonly known as painful periods and women who suffer from this know that it can be very debilitating. As if life as a woman wasn’t hard enough, suffering from severe pain once a month can negatively affect daily routines by missing work days, losing sleep, and forgoing regular activities.

Also, if left untreated dysmenorrhea can turn into a more serious condition known as endometriosis. This is when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus causing even more pain and discomfort and therefore early treatment of dysmenorrhea is important.

Fortunately, with the help of acupuncture treatments and nutritional advice painful menstrual symptoms associated with dysmenorrhea such as cramps, backache, headache, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting can be a thing of the past.

Acupuncture heals the body from within by naturally releasing pain killing hormones so that your body can cope with painful uterine contractions more effectively. Another benefit to acupuncture treatments allows menstruation to commence effortlessly by increasing blood circulation stimulating the smooth release of the uterine lining.

Nutrition plays a major role in pain control by incorporating certain foods into a regular diet can actually stop pain caused by dysmenorrhea. Foods containing essential fatty acids should be eaten every day or a simple omega 3 supplement can do the trick.

Foods to incorporate: Walnuts, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes, fish, and oils (extra virgin olive oil, flax, evening primrose, black current)

Foods to avoid: excess red meat, dairy, eggs, and peanuts

Wouldn’t it be easier to just pop a pill to stop the pain? Well yes it would be easier however, it is just a quick fix which does not offer long term relief or heal the actual problem that is occurring within the body. With the help of acupuncture and nutrition the body can heal itself in order for long lasting pain relief to be achieved so that you can enjoy a life filled with painless periods.

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