Category Archives: Menstruation

What to take for menstrual pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What should I take for the unbearable menstrual pain I have monthly? A: There is some evidence that the supplements fish oil and magnesium may help reduce menstrual pain. The herb cramp bark has traditionally been used to relieve menstrual pain. Unfortunately, it has not received any significant scientific attention. Herbs…

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Painful menstruation?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, During menstruation, I experience a lot more pain than my friends. Could this point to any dangerous conditions that I should look into? A: We do not know why menstruation is uncomfortable at all, or why it is much more painful for some women than for others and varies so much…

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What to do for painful menstrual cramps?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Every month I get very painful menstrual cramps. This has been a lifelong problem. What can I do to alleviate my dysmenorrhea? A: PMS and dysmenorrhea respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. I recommend the following: 1. One week prior to the onset of symptoms, increase your consumption of…

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What to do for abdominal bloating and swelling?

Q: I am a woman, and I have been experiencing abdominal bloating and swelling. I have ruled out any medical problems, and I take care of my body. What can I do? A: Do these symptoms exacerbate during or just prior to the monthly cycle? Or do they react to certain dietary changes? These are…

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Magnesium for dysmenorrhea?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is it true that magnesium can help in reducing the menstrual pain of dysmenorrhea? A: Preliminary studies suggest that magnesium supplementation may be helpful for dysmenorrhea. A study of 50 women with menstrual pain found that treatment with magnesium significantly improved symptoms. The researchers reported evidence of reduced levels of prostaglandin…

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Fish oil for painful menstruation?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What do you know about fish oil reducing menstrual pain? A: Fish oil supplements, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, appear to be helpful for the treatment of painful menstruation. In a study of adolescents aged 15 to 18, fish oil was found to significantly reduce menstrual pain. It is…

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