Updated: Sep 15, 2020

I didn't know, until I started studying Chinese Medicine, that 'normal' periods shouldn't be:

  • Painful

  • Heavy

  • Dark blood with clots

  • Moods

  • More than 7 days

  • Irregular

My periods, as they were, incorporated all of the above. My periods were so out of control I had numbers of doctors appointments to ascertain what could be done. Apparently not very much, especially if I didn't want to take hormonal birth control. Which I didn't.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, 'normal' periods should be none of the above. They should be:

  • 28 day cycles - the first day of your period is the first day of your cycle

  • Between 5 to 7 days in length

  • Fresh red blood, no clots

  • No moods

  • Not heavy

  • Not missing (unless in menopause or pregnant)

I am wondering, does anyone have normal periods?

Below is the 4-week cycle, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and how acupuncture and dietary considerations, could help.

If you don't think your periods are 'normal' maybe consider

  • Seeing a Chinese Medicine practitioner

  • Read Maisie Hill's Period Power. It is a life changer for understanding your cycle.

  • Start tracking everything. Mood, duration, quantity, quality, basal temperature, discharge. I do mine using this. It allows me to work out when I might be at my best or worst. And I can try and plan accordingly. COVID-19 not withstanding!!

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.


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