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What The Colour Of Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health According To Chinese Medicine 

Talking about menstrual blood is still considered a taboo topic but taking a look at the blood colour meaning and reveals a lot about your overall health.

Chinese Medicine places huge importance on a woman’s menstrual blood and learning about the menstrual colour meaning. The first step in diagnoses for a woman in Chinese Medicine is analysing the colour, texture and flow of period. TCM practitioners also pay attention to other factors in regards to your period, such as how long it lasts, or how bad your cramps are. The quality of blood released by the body and the length of the period provides insights into estrogen levels, progesterone levels, any lack of nutrients as well as the condition of the Uterus. Discovering this also provides with early indication of conditions such as infertility, endometriosis, cysts, PCOS and fibroids.

The colour of your blood based on the principles of Chinese Medicine can highlight the underlying imbalance between Yin and Yang. If these underlying imbalances are deficiencies are neglected and left untreated it could lead to further health issues in the long run.

The quality of the menstrual blood is an indicator any underlying imbalances and deficiencies in the body.

What is the colour of a healthy period?

Everyone’s flow is different, a healthy menstrual cycle requires unobstructed flow of Qi, Blood, balanced Yin-Yang. It also involves Kidney essence (known as jing) optimal functioning of Spleen and Kidney. If your organs are functioning properly and your energies are in balance, you will tend to have bright red period blood without clots. The colour of it can get lighter or darker over the course of the cycle, which is also considered a healthy blood color.

However, everyone’s flow is different. For some women there’s quite a lot of variation in the period frame: 

  • Regularity of menstrual cycle ( between 28 – 30 days )
  • Duration of menstrual period ( 4 – 7 days )
  • Volume of menstrual flow (light to heavy)
  • Colour, texture, odour of menstrual flow (Dark red with no or little clotting)

 What does the period colour say your health according to Chinese Medicine?


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Pale Pink : – Indicates spleen qi. In Chinese Medicine Spleen is central to digestive system. It is responsible for producing Qi (energy) from the food we eat and distributing it to the rest of the body. In this case, having a Spleen Qi deficiency means your body will not have enough energy and exhibit symptoms such as tiredness/fatigue, bloating, cramps. If the blood is slimy and slicker than usual, it also indicates there is too much cervical mucus, which is normal.

Crimson Red and Thick: – Crimson red period blood indicates excessive heat, when your body is out of balance excess heat can lead to irritability, fever and other inflammatory conditions.

Purple Red with Clotting: – Indicates Liver Qi stagnation, whilst spleen is in charge of producing Qi, Liver is in charge of regulating the flow of Qi throughout the body. Any obstructions in this flow can lead to symptoms such as cramps, headaches, and breast tenderness. Chinese Medicine offers useful treatment plans for relieving these symptoms, learn more here.

Dark Red/Brown with Clots: – Indicates blood stagnation, this stagnant blood often comes from cold stagnation. Cold stagnation poses obstruction in the usual blood circulation leading to blood clots. Passing very dark blood can be an early sign of endometriosis, fibroids as well as blocked fallopian tubes

Not sure about self-diagnose? get help from our TCM specialists!

Period Blood Color And Fertility

It’s quite normal since menstrual blood’s colour can change over the course of the cycle or even from one period to the next.  According to Chinese Medicine diagnosis that if there is imbalances and deficiencies inside the body, which are revealed by the look of the periods a sign of the general health, particularly the condition of the reproductive system, could be a guide for fertility. For example, if you experience painful periods, dark red or red clots in period blood,  cold and feet. These indicate you have excess Cold in the body, you may having Cold Uterus or other problems that can stop you from getting pregnant.  So it is useful to frequently check your period colour.

 *One point that is often raised by Chinese Medicine experts is that stress can affect PMS symptoms.

Did you know – Stress can have an impact on your fertility levels? Read more here.

How to Get Normal Periods Naturally ?

If you have abnormal period colour, or experience irregular period, clot in the menstrual blood, or you had  PMS /PMDD symptoms, or experience amenorrhea, and looking for natural Chinese Medicine to help, below are the treatment:

Can be extremely effective in managing these effectively. If you are curious about what your period colour says about your body. These methods are not only effective for managing period pains but can also be used to boost fertility as they work to provide a better environment in the uterus. 

We recommend visiting a certified Chinese Medicine expert who determine exactly what your peroid colour is telling about your health. 

Learn more about how Chinese Medicine helps with menstrual health here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it normal for my period to be a different color?

The color of period can vary from person to person, and even from cycle to cycle for the same individual. Typically, a period is expected to be bright red blood without clots , however, it can also be pink, light red, dark red, or purple-red.

Why is my period lighter or darker than usual?

In Chinese medicine, a lighter than usual period may be due to blood deficiency; a darker than usual period may be due to liver stagnation or poor blood circulation. These changes may be caused by poor diet, stress or medication.

What does it mean if my period is very heavy or very light?

According to TCM, the liver, spleen, and kidneys are the organs responsible for menstrual cycle, and imbalances in the body can lead to changes in the heaviness of menstrual flow. Learn about Heavy period here. For Light period please read this blog.

What does it mean if my period has an unusual odor, or a significant change in the color or consistency of my period?

If there is significant change in the color and smell of period, it can be a sign of an underlying health issue such as bacterial vaginosis. It is important to seek the advice of a medical expert for best advice.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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