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Western Diagnosis

Dysmenorrhea, or painful menstruation, is pain in the lower abdomen and lower back which appears just prior to or during menstruation and has repeated for at least three consecutive menstrual cycles.

In severe cases, nausea, vomiting, sweating, diarrhea, loss of or poor appetite, headache and backache, which interfere with daily activities may also be present.

Dysmenorrhea is generally classified into two types: primary dysmenorrhea, which begins shortly after menarche and is not associated with a disease of the organs, and secondary dysmenorrhea which is always related to organic disease.

Slight discomfort just prior to or during menstruation is not considered dysmenorrhea.

Eastern Diagnosis

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, dysmenorrhea is mainly due to the impeded flow of qi and blood. For example, qi and blood deficiency or qi stagnancy aggravated by blood statis may cause the retardation of the menstrual flow and result in dysmenorrhea.


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