The Treatment of Menstrual Diarrhea with Acupuncture and Herbs
Chief Complaint: Early morning diarrhea which is worse just before and during menses.
Medical History: Generally nervous person, tends to internalize stress. Too much cold and sweet food. Exercises daily. Drinks wine several times per week. Previous antibiotic use with subsequent yeast infections.
Questioning exam: Symptoms worse with period.
Symptoms worse in the winter.
Symptoms worse with stress.
Pulse exam: wiry pulse which is slightly slow
Tongue exam: Puffy, pale, thin white coat, slightly purple body
OM Diagnosis: Liver Qi stagnation overacting on the spleen, over time this combined with poor eating habits caused the Spleen yang to get week.
Treatment Principle: Regulate Liver Qi
Warm spleen Yang
Point Prescription: Right side: LI4, SJ5, Sp9, LV3
Left side: P6, St36, St37, GB41
Also: R6 with moxa cones
Herbal Formula: Herbal Pills:
1)Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan – 8 pills 3x/day
2)Xiang Fu Li Zhong Wan -8 pills 3x/day
3)Pro Biotics – 2 pills daily
After symptoms were gone for 1 month, I replaced Xiang Fu Li Zhong Wan for Dang Gui Teapills.
Lifestyle Prescription: Eat warm, cooked foods. Minimize alcohol and sugar consumption.
Results: Excellent results. Over the course of two menstrual cycles the chronic diarrhea gradually reduced, and now, 3 months later, all symptoms are gone. She also has better periods, and more energy, and feels less nervous.
Synopsis: Good Result.