How does TCM help with amenorrhea in teens?

Doctor's Answer

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation during the reproductive years.

Lifestyle changes, mental and emotional stress, excessive exercise or excessive weight loss can cause secondary amenorrhea.

Health conditions such as underactive thyroid and Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can also lead to absence of menstruation.

It is important to find out the underlying cause before treatment can proceed.

TCM believes that menstruation occurs monthly due to the proper functioning of the internal organs, especially the kidneys, liver and spleen, which in turn allows good production and smooth flow of blood and qi in the body. If the body is undergoing excessive stress or has underlying health condition (as mentioned above), the organs will be weak and not function well. This will in turn affect the body's blood and qi, leading to irregular or even absence menstrual cycle.

I recommend the patient visit a qualified TCM physician to assess her condition (Do bring along any results from your gynecologist if you have any).

TCM herbal medication and/or acupuncture are common treatment methods to treat amenorrhea and irregular menstruation. Treatment helps improve organ function, balance internal qi and blood, to bring menstruation back to its normal cycle. Physician will also advice on appropriate lifestyle and diet change if required.

Hope this helps!

Best Regards,

Lin Jiayi

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