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In Chinese medicine menstruation called “red dragon”. Let’s talk about healthy menstrual cycle.

Updated: May 23, 2020

“Red Dragon” and Menstrual Cycle.

In Chinese medicine menstruation called “red dragon”, I really like this comparison.

Regular menstruation without severe PMS, fatigue, lack of energy, headaches, pain before, during and after blood flow, absence of emotional outbursts, bloating, cravings and you name it. Is it possible????

Yes, and not only possible, this is how it should be.

If you ask me if I know anyone who doesn’t have any symptoms. I will say: “yes, I know. It is me”.

Was it always like that? No, I did some work and investments in my own health and modified my diet and lifestyle. It was totally worth it.

Now when I’m 38 years old and I gave birth to a healthy happy baby boy, I feel even healthier than I was in my 20s.

During my 20s I experienced lightheadedness, irregular short menses, sleepiness, heaviness and fatigue after eating, constipation and for this reason I became a vegetarian because my digestion was so weak to breakdown animal source proteins. I thought to myself that it was a natural call of my body to refuse meat and fatty fish. I ate mostly salads and uncooked food, fruits, cheese, chocolate, occasionally eggs and fish and of course coffee. I had period in my life when I was drinking energy drinks right before workouts to get a boost of energy but after two weeks I stopped doing it because I started experiencing heart palpitations and anxiety. My menstrual blood flow was pale and scanty that lasted for 3 days without cramps (which was good) and I even though that I’m lucky to have such a short period. I had low energy during menses with lack of courage and self-confidence.

I was a fitness instructor for 8 years who taught aerobics 6 hours a day with one day off on Sunday. During that time I believed that I’m the healthiest person in the world despite all of the symptoms I already had.

I’m glad I went to the college and studied traditional Chinese medicine. During 4 years I changed my life and was kind of “reborn”. I was able to enhance my health and bring it to the level where I don’t have any complaints.

And yes, I completed postpartum program and I’m so happy with the outcomes. Feels like I never was pregnant and delivered the baby. Full of energy, no body aches or pain and enjoying motherhood. I want to be honest, even during pregnancy I felt good except only first trimester when I was falling asleep right after 5pm.

Enough about myself for now.

Let’s come back to our question, what is the healthy period?

Look at the period as a cycle of the Moon (lunar cycle) or Yin and Yang energy circulation. Where one energy is changing into another, Yin into Yang and reaches the balance.