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  • Writer's pictureCat Calhoun


Dysmenorrhea is pain or discomfort during or just before the onset of menstruation. Like amenorrhea, it can occur for many reasons. You need a clear diagnosis and differentiation for this, addressing it with lifestyle and diet changes, herbs, and acupuncture. Choose points intelligently to address the channels affected. Normally we consider this to be Qi and Blood stagnation, cold in the lower jiao, a Liver and/or Kidney deficiency, or some combination of these.

That said, look at the Master Tung points below. These points can be used for a number of gynecological problems including amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and ovarian cysts. Why are all treated with the same points? Because Master Tung’s acupuncture is based on channel systems and classical acupuncture. This is a targeting system, so the Qi flows to the entire affected area because that’s where the Qi of the channel flows. All of these problems are a result of dysfunction of the same channels with different expressions.

Left side:

Right side:

  • Huo Ying, Huo Zhu, Liver 6,* Kidney 3, Kidney 5, and Kidney 6 *Liver 6 in the Master Tung system is located right next to the tibia rather than on the bone. Use your fingernail to locate it and needle very close to the bone.

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