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Late or Delayed Menstruation (cycle longer than 35 days)

Typical symptoms:

late menstruation

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:

Late or delayed Menstruation may be a Deficiency Syndrome or Excess Syndrome. The Deficiency Syndrome¬†is due to insufficient Qi and Blood and menstrual blood can’t flow on time. Excess Syndrome means that the Meridians are impassable due to Stagnation or Cold and the Qi Blood are not running smoothly.

Possible syndromes causing these problems:

Blood and Yin Deficiency

Late, scanty periods, pale blood, dull pale complexion, blurred vision, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia. 

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Liver Qi Stagnation

Late, scanty periods with clots or painful, irritability, depression, breast and abdominal distension before periods. 

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Kidney Yang Deficiency

Late periods, scanty pale blood, back pain, nocturia, dizziness, a feeling of cold, fatigue, low libido.

generally: Tonic Yang

if very tired or very cold feeling: Way to Right

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