TENS Unit to Relieve Menstrual Pain

Sometime last year, my Ayurvedic doctor shared me a post on Instagram about acupressure to relieve menstrual pain. I tried it, it works. But the thing is, when you’re in pain, you don’t want to massage yourself for 30 minutes straight. Ideally, you just want to relax and someone else will do it for you. But what if you’re all alone at home while you’re in pain? I came up with a solution for it. Yep, I bought a TENS unit!!!

What is a TENS unit?

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a device that sends small electrical currents to targeted body parts, which are predominately used for pain relief and the treatment of pain and nerve related pain conditions (acute and chronic conditions).

I bought a rechargeable version for 168 yuan (about USD24.00). Yes, the buttons are all on Chinese. I had to translate each word into English to make sure that I have the correct mode. My favorite is the “continuous massage” option and I only use that all of these times. The other 11 options are useless! LOL

How do you use it to relieve menstrual pain?

There are some acupressure points that will help to relieve symptoms related to menstrual pain that causes by Adenomyosis, Endometriosis, or Fibroid. For me, I use it to relieve cramps and back pain when I’m having menstruation or ovulation.

To relieve your pain, all you have to do is to put each of the electrodes patches to certain acupressure points and turn on the TENS unit. I usually do it as long as I have pain. I’m not sure whether that would be dangerous, I don’t really care, as long as the pain is gone! LOL

These are my favorite points to relieve cramps or ovaries pain:

I need to warn you that massaging or put TENS patches on these points could be quite painful when you’re having menstrual pain but believe me, your menstrual pain will be relieved.

SanYinJiao (SP6)
SP 6 Clinical Usages
  • Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders.
  • Digestive disorders, sinking/prolapse.
  • Gynecological issues, male sexual issues, difficult labor (expel fetus).
  • Menstrual issues (irregular, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea).
  • Bleeding disorders, uterine bleeding, cool blood in hot skin diseases.
  • Insomnia, palpitations, and other anxiety-related emotions.
  • Dizziness, hypertension.
ZuSanLi (ST36)
ST 36 Clinical Usages
  • Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood.
  • Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overall – low immunity, chronic illness, poor digestion, general weakness, particularly with moxibustion, a very important acupuncture point for building and maintaining overall health.
  • All issues involving the Stomach a/or the Spleen – abdominal/epigastric pain, borborygmus, bloating, nausea, vomiting, GERD, hiccups, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
  • Clear disorders along the course of the channel – breast problems, lower leg pain.
  • Earth as the mother of Metal – will support Lung function in cases of asthma, wheezing, dyspnea.
  • Psychological/Emotional disorders – PMS, depression, nervousness, insomnia.
GuanYuan (CV4)
CV 4 Clinical Usages
  • Generally, useful for deficiencies of Yin, Yang, Qi & Blood.
  • The main point for tonifying Prenatal Qi – exhaustion, weakness, chronic fatigue/diseases.
  • The main point for Kidney deficiencies of Qi, Jing a/or Yang – low back pain, bone disorders, early morning (5 a.m., “cock-crow”) diarrhea. rectal prolapse.
  • Genito-urinary issues with Deficient a/or Cold Patterns – incontinence, clear copious urine, nocturia.
  • The main point for all menstrual disorders with Deficient, Cold a/or Stagnation Patterns – scanty menstruation, pale blood.
  • Sexual / Fertility Issues – infertility, impotence, seminal emission, amenorrhea, bleeding during pregnancy.
  • Yang collapse – chills, profuse sweating, SOB, unconsciousness.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: An important point for the storage and development of Qi (energy), useful for deficiency conditions – weakness, shortness of breath, sexual issues. May also be used in Tong Ren (no needling) to ease delivery.
QiHai (CV6)
CV 6 Clinical Usages
  • Generally, useful for Qi tonification.
  • Women’s health – hernia, uterine bleeding, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation/cramps), amenorrhea, leukorrhea.
  • Men’s health – impotence, seminal emission, nighttime urination, hernia.
  • Deficiencies of the lower and middle warmers – abdominal distention, bloating, edema, poor digestion, loose stools, diarrhea, fatigue.
  • Tonify ST/SP Qi Deficiencies.
  • The main point for prolapse of any type – rectum, uterus, etc.  Lower abdominal and/or genital pain swelling.
  • Stroke, loss of consciousness, weakness of the muscles and body generally.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Main point for building and storing Qi (energy), useful for deficiency conditions – asthma, shortness of breath, general fatigue, etc.

ChongMen (SP12)
SP 12 Clinical Usages
  • Used for a variety of urinary disorders (retention, painful) due to its functions of draining dampness, clearing heat and regulating urination.
  • Abdominal pain, hernia, hemorrhoids by regulating qi and invigorating blood.
FuShe (SP13)
SP 13 Clinical Usages
  • Abdominal pain, abdominal masses (fibroids, cysts, etc.), hernia, thigh pain – regulates the liver, qi, and alleviates pain.

These are my favorite points to relieve lower back pain:

Note: the picture above mentioned that the points are called “B” points but some different reference calls it “UB” points.

 

ShenShu (UB23)
UB 23 Clinical Usages
  • For all Kidney system related issues from a Chinese Medicine perspective which affect the brain, bone, hair, teeth a/or hearing.
  • Male deficiency related sexual problems: impotence, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, sterility, exhaustion following ejaculation.
  • Female sexual and reproductive disorders: irregular cycles, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, cold uterus, frigidity, infertility, leukorrhea.
  • Tonification point in deficiency conditions: exhaustion, weakness, chronic fatigue, good point for the elderly as Kidney Jing is naturally depleted.
  • The main point for acute or chronic low back pain, sprains a/or strains.
  • Useful for KD related ear issues: tinnitus, deafness, chronic ear infections.
  • Useful for dampness issues and water metabolism issues – edema, fluid retentions in the lower abdomen.
  • As the kidney system provides the root of the bodies energy many psychological conditions will respond well to tonification of this point as well – depression, anxiety disorders.
DaChangShu (UB25)
UB 25 Clinical Usages
  • Main point for low back pain especially when related to constipation a/or menstruation. Combine with local points such as GV 3UB 26Shiqizhui (between L5 and S1), UB 31UB 32GB 30 & distal points such as GB 34GB 39GB 41UB 40UB 57UB 58UB 60 & UB 62.
  • The main point for all intestine related issues: constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, colitis, IBS, etc.
  • Regulates the function in the colon so as potential uses for poor assimilation, limited weight gain despite eating many calories.

Rectum pain

For rectum pain, I usually put the patches on UB27-34 and UB48 points. Its really help!

Where to buy this TENS unit?

I bought mine on Taobao.com which practically the Amazon of China. But if you live in the US or other countries, Amazon will be the best place to buy it.

There are two kinds of TENS unit, one that is rechargeable and the other one is use battery. Me, personally choose the one that rechargeable. Something like these:

Let me know your experience with your TENS unit! <3

Source:

modernreflexology.com

yinyanghouse.com

 

 

Hello July!

It’s been 2 months since my last post and these last 2 months have been a crazy month! Let’s catch up a little bit, shall we?

US Visa

I traveled to Shanghai and Guangzhou several times to deal with my US immigrant visa. It was exhausting and very stressful! But the good news is, I got the visa, yay! We will move to the states by the end of this month ^_^

Cats

I rescued a 3 months old kitten at the end of May. He has ringworms all over his body and also ear mites in his ears. I treated his ear mites for 3 weeks, the vet told me he was cleared, but guess what? The mites came back as soon as I stop the medication, LOL. Now I have to do the whole process again… plus he still has ringworms. I have another cat that I rescued 5 years ago. I tried my best to separate those two. I even quarantine the new cat in a separate room, but guess what? My older cat got ear mites from him! Oh God, it’s so frustrating coz my older cat is very cranky and difficult to handle -_-”

Pain

In May-June, I had 32 days cycle, this is a new record. I’m not sure it’s a good or a bad thing. Out of the 32 days, I have 15 pain-free days and 6 days of discomfort. I think it’s the best pain-free record for the last 2 years.

In June-July, I had 27 days cycle. Out of 27 days, I have 12 pain-free days and 3 days of discomfort. The cycle was shortened, I guess it’s because of the moving stress and also I ate eggs and duck a couple times. I also ate goat cheese to check whether I was sensitive to it. The result was I’m a little sensitive to it but not as bad as cow cheese. So I think a little amount of goat cheese, once in awhile will do no harm for me.

I have less rectum pain and sciatic pain. Last month I had no sciatic pain at all, yay! I’m on day 6 of my period right now, so we will see what’s going to happen this month :p

I had stomach irritation these last 3 days because of the painkillers. I always take Diclofenac with Domperidone to help to ease any possible stomach irritation, but apparently, 3-4x50mg diclofenac+domperidone a day for two days was too much for my stomach. I had to take 1 tablespoon of olive oil before I eat and also I only eat rice porridge and soup to help my stomach to heal.

Adeno/Endo Diet

I think this month I didn’t do the Adeno/Endo diet as well as the previous month. I had constipation for about 2 weeks, I’m pretty sure I drank lots of fluids, so I’m not sure what caused it.

Exercise

I barely do yoga but I did lots of walking.

Energy

There are some days that I felt exhausted. The travels really drained my energy, but in general, I think I have pretty good energy level.

Supplements

I’m still taking the same supplements as the previous months.

For Spirulina I take 9x500mg per day, sometimes I take more If I feel discomfort. It’s a good alternative for a painkiller for me but only work for light pain or discomfort. I also take red raspberry leaf tea for any uterus discomfort or light pain.


So far, the diet and supplements really help with the pain. Stress management is still hard for me. I will try my best to do better this month.

Thanks for reading. I wish you all a good health and pain-free days!

April 2018 Update

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Welcome Back, Pain!

I will have my period in few days. I started to have light lower abdomen pain and rectum pain (my greatest enemy!) four days ago, it was day 20 of my cycle. The last time I felt no pain at all was on day 17 of my cycle, so I had only 3 days of pain-free days this month, LOL! Yes, I will just laugh at my ironic life!

Yesterday I had the pain all day. I made 1L of raspberry leaf tea to be drunk all day, it helps to relieve the pain but it didn’t get rid of it completely. In the evening I just remember that I bought a new “weapon” for this battle, it’s called Cramp Bark. As its name indicated, it works to relieve cramps. I read that it works well for menstrual cramps.

I mixed 17 drops of Cramp Bark with 1 cup of warm water and drank it, 30 minutes later the pain started to decrease. I also drank raspberry leaf tea to support the Cramp Bark. Around 10 PM I felt no pain at all. Yay!

This morning I felt no pain at all when I woke up, but I know I will have pain sometimes later today. So I decided to prepare for the worst. I made a liter of tea made of raspberry leaf and Yogi’s Moon Cycle tea and a cup of Cramp Bark tea.

I started to have light lower abdomen pain and rectum pain again in the afternoon, 20 drops of cramp bark seem to work better but it’s only last for 3 hours for me. I’m not sure how will it handle the medium/high pain level, I guess we will know soon! The positive thing about it is, it doesn’t irritate my stomach at all. It’s a very important point for me! My painkillers have been more irritating my stomach lately >_<

Food Sensitivity Test

According to “Endometriosis: A Key to Healing and Fertility Through Nutrition” book by Dian Shepperson Mills, MA, and Michael Vernon Ph.D. HCLD, some people are sensitive to sugar, egg, yeast, wheat/gluten, and dairy. This food might cause bloating, pain, diarrhea, indigestion, sinus and catarrh problem, and subfertility.

For the last couple weeks, I have been doing experiments on my self to test how sensitive is my body to certain food. It was quite painful experiments because every time I found out that my body sensitive to certain food, I had to feel pain >_<

So far I found out that I am sensitive to:

  • sugar: bloating, pain
  • egg (including organic egg): inflammation, pain
  • meats (except a small amount of fish, twice a week is fine): inflammation, pain
  • gluten (yes, all grains that contain gluten): bloating, pain
  • dairy (all dairy products from cows, including organic products): bloating, inflammation, pain.

I haven’t checked about non-cow dairy products and yeast products. I will experiment with goat based dairy after this menstrual cycle but for yeast, I might have just avoided it.

Current Regimens

I started a whole new regimen a month and a half ago. It consists of supplements support, stress management, exercise, diet change, and lifestyle change. It’s mostly based on Dr. Andrew S. Cook, MD, FACOG and Danielle Cook, MS, RD, CDE book, The Endometriosis Health & Diet Program: Get Your Life Back. Let’s talk about it!

Supplements
Adenomyosis & Endometriosis Supplements
Adenomyosis & Endometriosis Supplements

I follow the Sample Endo Supplement Program from Dr. Andrew Cook’s book (page 133) and I added Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, and Spirulina into the mix. The book says that we need to take one supplement at a time and adding a new one every 5 to 7 days to test tolerance. And that’s what I did!

Here’s my daily supplement regimen, the intake timing is based on the best time to take it (I googled it for hours!). When I chose the supplements, I tried to find the one that as natural as possible, with no fillers, additives, coloring, yeast, soy, dairy, gluten, and organic.

As per April 5, 2018 – I haven’t started to take probiotic, vitamin D (currently have 400IU of D-3 in my cod liver oil and 400IU in my multivitamin), and spirulina.

 

Daily schedule:

  • 30 minutes before breakfast: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, NAC
  • After breakfast: Multivitamin, Omega-3, Pycnogenol, Curcumin, Vitamin D
  • 30 minutes before lunch: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, Vitex/Chaste Berry
  • After lunch: Magnesium, Milk Thistle/Silymarin, CoQ10
  • 30 minutes before dinner: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, NAC
  • After dinner: Pycnogenol, Curcumin, Magnesium
  • 2 hours before bed: DIM, Melatonin, Probiotic
Endo Diet

NO: egg, dairy, gluten, sugar, yeast

A little: fish

YES: fruits, veggies, grains (rice, millet, corn, quinoa, buckwheat), healthy fats (olive oil for salad dressing/to be taken cold, coconut oil for cooking, avocado oil for cooking, ghee for cooking but I’m avoiding it for now), beans, pulses.

No more cheats start from April!

FLuids

Aim to drink, on average, half of your body weight (in pounds) of any non-caffeinated beverage (preferably water) in ounces. ie, if you weight 110 pounds (50kg), you should drink at least 55 ounces (1.6L) of fluid daily.

  • Water
  • lemon water
  • Herbal tea: raspberry leaf tea, Yogi Women Moon Cycle
  • Juices
Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Walking
Stress management
  • Deep belly breathing
  • Guided meditation: I listen to it every night before bed, my favorite is Michael Sealey’s channel on Youtube. You can check it here
Sleep

Target: 7-9 hours daily

Pain

It will take at least 3 months for the whole regimen to work. I will give you update later! Please pray for me that all of these regimens will work,  I really don’t want to have surgery to get rid of the endometriomas _/||\_

Baked Salmon with Carrots, Napa Cabbages, and Cherry Tomatoes

 

Today’s lazy person cooking is Baked Salmon with carrots, napa cabbages, and cherry tomatoes. It will only need about 35 minutes of cooking time, including the preparation. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 100-150 grams of salmon 1 piece of small carrot, cut into bite-size
  • 1/2 piece of small napa cabbage, cut into bite-size
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped (I might use too much garlic because I really like it, you can tone it down to 1 clove)
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning Blend
  • Half lemon 10 grams of chopped parsley
  • 6 pcs of cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • Salt to taste
Direction:

  1. Wash salmon under running water, set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celcius (320 Fahrenheit).
  3. Rub the salmon with half portion of the garlic, Mrs’ Dash blend, parsley and salt to taste
  4. Put some of the napa cabbage at the bottom the glass baking dish. Put the salmon on top of it.
  5. Put the carrot, napa cabbage, and the rest of the parsley surrounding the salmon. Drizzle salt, Mrs. Dash blend, and garlic on top of the carrot and napa cabbage. Squeeze the half lemon and drizzle on top of the salmon and the veggies.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. After 25 minutes take it out from the oven, add cherry tomatoes. Serve warm.