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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 3, UB 26, Shiqizhui (between L5 and S1), UB 31, UB 32, GB 30 & distal points such as GB 34, GB 39, GB 41, UB 40, UB 57, UB 58, UB 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.
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