Irregular menstruation is a common health issue among many women. When the menstrual cycle is disrupted, factors such as the timing, flow, and color of menstruation can all be affected.
Moreover, symptoms like early or delayed menstruation, heavy or light flow can cause stress and fatigue, impacting daily productivity.
In addition to using medications, you can also apply massage techniques to address this issue. In this article, we will share with you a method of massage – acupressure for irregular menstruation.
1. Preparation Position
You should maintain a comfortable position while lying on the bed, close your eyes gently, and keep your breathing steady. Then, place your left palm on top of your right palm and gently rest it on the lower abdomen. Maintain this lying position for about 1 – 3 minutes.
2. Lower Abdomen Massage
In the position with your left palm on top of your right palm and resting on the lower abdomen, you will use moderate pressure to begin massaging in a clockwise direction and then reverse. Continue massaging for about 2 – 3 minutes until you feel the skin warming up, then stop.
Performing this massage technique will promote energy circulation, strengthen vitality, and facilitate easier blood flow.
3. Massage around the Navel
With the left palm resting on top of the right palm and placed on the lower abdomen below the navel, use moderate pressure to massage in a clockwise direction. Continue this circular motion for about 2 – 3 minutes until the abdominal area warms up, then stop.
This massage technique will help eliminate cold energy in the body and regulate blood circulation.
4. Acupressure Point: Quan Yuan
Using your right hand, create a loose fist with your thumb extended straight. Use the inner part of your thumb to press the Quan Yuan acupressure point with moderate pressure for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Applying acupressure to the Quan Yuan point helps nourish the liver and kidneys and alleviate menstrual cramps.
The Quan Yuan acupressure point is located on the midline of the body, about 7-8 cm below the navel. To locate the point, you can place your four fingers so that the first finger touches the navel, and the Quan Yuan point will be located at the position of the fourth finger just below the navel.
5. Acupressure Point: Shen Shu
In a position where both hands support the waist, place your thumb on the Shen Shu acupressure point, while the other four fingers grasp the lower back. Apply moderate pressure to the point for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Pressing the Shen Shu acupressure point will help strengthen the spleen and kidneys and regulate blood circulation.
The Shen Shu acupressure point is located under the second lumbar vertebra, measuring about 1.5 ‘thun’ (an ancient unit of length, approximately the width of a thumb) horizontally from the spine.
6. Acupressure Point: Xue Hai
Massage the Xue Hai acupressure point with your fingers for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, then stop. Applying pressure to this point helps enhance circulation, blood circulation, dissolve stagnation, reduce pain, and promote smooth menstruation.
The Xue Hai acupressure point is located on the inner side of the thigh, about 4-5 cm above the kneecap.
In addition to applying the above massage techniques, you should also maintain a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle to ensure regular and stable menstrual cycles. Furthermore, women should maintain proper hygiene in the genital area, limit sexual activity, avoid swimming, refrain from vigorous exercise, get enough sleep, and maintain a positive state of mind during menstruation.