Herbs and Acupuncture for Dark Scanty Menstrual Flow


Chief Complaint: dark scanty menstrual blood

Medical History: Patient is a 35 year old pilates instructor.

– very active lifestyle with a 4 year old daughter

– eats irregularly and often on the run

– healthy pregnancy and no surgeries or major illness

Questioning exam: – blood dark in colour, brownish purple and scanty with some clots.

-energy levels very low lately

-some lower abdominal cramping first day of menstruation

-fatigue worse during and just after menstrual cycle

-complexion pale

Pulse exam: thin, choppy, wiry

Tongue exam: pale purple tongue more pale on the sides

OM Diagnosis: Liver blood deficiency and blood stasis

Treatment Principle: Tonify liver blood, dispel blood stagnation

Point Prescription: Sp4, P6, St 36 Liv 3 Li4 Liv 8 Sp10

R4, K3

Herbal Formula: Ba Zhen Tang for the first 2 weeks of cycle and then Tao hong si wu tang for last 2 weeks of cycle

Lifestyle Prescription: Ask patient to follow a spleen qi diet, eating more cooked foods, less dairy and wheat.

– eat on a regular basis and stop eating on the run, sit down to eat, chew food well

-to listen to her body and if she is feeling tires to try to get some rest and miss a day of exercise

Results: After 2 months cycle has improved,abdominal pain is gone, menstrual blood is a much brighter colour and the blood flow is becoming heavier

-overall energy has increased and feeling less stress

Synopsis: Overall patient has learned how to listen to her body, to take the time to slow down when tired and also has stopped eating on the run. These have made a large difference in her health and overall well-being.

Last modified: September 8, 2009   Posted in: Gynecological