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Chinese Dietary Advice for Women with Menstrual Problems

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Diet is a causal factor in premenstrual syndrome (PMS); women can alleviate many

symptoms by changing their diets. Reducing or eliminating alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, salt, dairy products and animal fats may be beneficial.

In the Chinese diet (and that includes herbs), one looks not only for vitamins and minerals but also the energetic properties of food like energy, flavor and movement. Other less important aspects include the meridian entered and organic actions; these refer to specific internal organs or the meridians on which the foods can act. Foods just like herbs possess specific functions to tonify, cleanse and regulate the body.

Certain foods can modulate the menstrual cycle in women. Below are the popular ingredients in Chinese dishes.

Name of the foods Beneficial effects Indications
Blackbone chicken Nourish the liver and kidneys; replenish blood and qi (vital energy) Heavy menses and excessive vaginal discharge
Dried mussel Nourish the liver and kidneys; enrich the essence and blood Irregular menses and heavy menses
Sea cucumber Nourish the kidneys, enrich the essence and replenish the blood Heavy or scanty menses, excessive vaginal discharge and menopause
Cuttlefish Nourish the yin and replenish the blood Menopause due to blood deficiency
Abalone Nourish the yin and enrich the essence Irregular menses and heavy menses
Pigeon Nourish the kidneys and replenish qi Scanty menses and menopause
Rehmannia root Nourish the yin and the blood Irregular menses, heavy menses and excessive vaginal discharge
Chinese angelica Replenish and harmonize the blood; regulate menstruation and stop pain Menstrual pain, irregular menses, heavy menses and menopause
Chinese chives Warm the middle burner, activate qi and dissolve stasis Menstrual pain and irregular menses
Mutton Replenish qi, warm middle burner and relax the bowels Irregular menses and menstrual pain
Cumin Warm kidneys and the uterus. Menstrual pain and menopause
Cinnamon Warm and smooth the meridians, expel coldness and warm the uterus Menstrual pain and menopause
Red sugar Warm the stomach, fortify the spleen, pacify the liver, dissolve stasis, activate the blood and lubricate the bowels Menstrual pain, irregular menses after delivery
Hawthorn Activate the blood and qi, dissolve stasis and stop pain Menstrual pain and menopause
Mango Regulate menses Scanty menses and menopause
Clams Nourish yin and clear heat

Heavy menses

Shepherd's purse Stop bleeding Heavy menses
Black fungus Stop bleeding Heavy menses
Lotus leaves Stop bleeding Heavy menses
Lotus root Clear heat, cool blood, dissolve stasis and stop bleeding Heavy menses

In order to have a smooth menstrual cycle, TCM always advises warm and cooked foods, and avoid too much food and drinks that are raw, frozen, not easily digested or spicy. Improper food causes the spleen and stomach to malfunction, and the source of blood and qi will be affected. Furthermore, excessive phlegm and dampness tend to accumulate inside the body.