Long Periods: Causes, Pathology, and Treatment
Long periods, characterized by prolonged bleeding that may last 7-10 days, can have several causes, including emotional stress, overwork, and irregular diet. These factors can lead to Qi deficiency, Blood-Heat, Liver-Qi and Liver-Blood stasis, and Kidney-Yin deficiency with Empty-Heat. In this article, we will explore the causes, pathology, and treatment of long periods.
What are Long Periods?
Long periods are a common menstrual disorder that can cause discomfort and inconvenience for women. Unlike heavy periods, which are characterized by excessive bleeding, long periods are characterized by prolonged bleeding that may last for 7-10 days.
Causes of Long Periods
There are several factors that can contribute to long periods, including emotional stress, overwork, and irregular diet.
Emotional stress: Emotional stress, such as anger, worry, and guilt, can affect the liver and lead to Liver-Qi stagnation. Over time, this can cause Liver-Blood stasis and block the Directing and Penetrating Vessels, leading to prolonged bleeding.
Overwork: Overwork or having too many children too close together can lead to Kidney-Yin deficiency. When Yin is deficient, Empty-Heat can develop, agitating the blood in the Penetrating Vessel and causing long periods.
Irregular diet: An irregular diet, combined with emotional stress, can lead to Heat and Fire of the Liver and Heart, causing Blood-Heat and prolonged bleeding. Consuming hot foods and alcohol in excess can also contribute to Heat and Fire.
Pathology of Long Periods
The main pathological factors in long periods are Qi deficiency, Blood-Heat, Liver-Qi and Liver-Blood stasis, and Kidney-Yin deficiency with Empty-Heat.
Treatment of Long Periods
Treatment for long periods will depend on the underlying cause. In general, treatment may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes to reduce stress and improve diet.