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Absence of Menstruation (Amenorrhoea)

Disease description:

Menstruation refers to the days when the menstrual blood flows from the vagina. A cycle is the time from the first day of menstruation to the last day before the next menstruation. This is different for every woman but normally takes happens about every 21 to 35 days. Usually, menstrual bleeding occurs 28 days after the last period. Normally menstruation starts with heavier bleeding, which becomes lighter over the next few days. The light red blood becomes darker and darker. The menstrual period lasts three to six days and at the end, there may well be spotting with old, brownish blood. As a rule, women lose a total of about 50-60 millilitres of blood during menstruation.


Cycle disturbances or irregularities in the female cycle can occur, which relate to the frequency, duration and strength/heaviness of menstruation. They are normal immediately after the first menstrual period, as menstruation and hormonal changes must first settle down.


There are many causes of cycle disturbances. Since the cycle is hormonally controlled, hormonal disorders, as well as diseases of the female sexual organs, are most often the cause of changes. Moreover, medication, genetic disposition, physical or psychological stress can also be the cause of cycle problems.

Explanation according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Amenorrhoea is a reflection of the overall dysfunction of the body. It involves the functions of the organs and the prosperity and weakness of Chong Ren Qi. There are many types of complex syndromes. But it can be summarized as Deficiency and Excess. Those with Deficiency are mostly due to lack of Liver and Kidney, Deficiency of Essence and Blood; or due to Weakness of Qi and Blood, and Blood Empty of the uterus.

An Excess pattern, mostly due to Stagnation of Qi and Blood Stasis, Phlegm and Dampness, blockades Chong and Ren, therefore menstrual blood can’t go down and causes amenorrhoea.

Possible syndromes causing these problems:

Qi, Blood and Kidney Deficiency

Periods gradually decrease then stop, scanty periods, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness, tingling, poor memory, insomnia, palpitations, slight anxiety, depression, dull pale complexion, dry skin, dry hair, falling hair, dry eyes, fatigue, sore back.

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Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency

Dizziness, dry eyes, fatigue, blurred vision, insomnia, back pain, night sweating, tinnitus.

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Qi and Blood Stagnation

Secondary amenorrhoea, irritability, moodiness, abdominal distension and pain, depression, dark complexion.

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Damp Retention

Secondary amenorrhoea, obesity, vaginal discharge, fatigue, a feeling of heaviness, chest oppression, nausea.

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