Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 377–380 | Cite as

Body constitution and dysmenorrhea: a study on university students in Malaysia

  • Teek Foh Chong
  • Xin Ee Ser
  • Lay Khuan Ooi
  • Ling Shing WongEmail author
Research Article


Dysmenorrhea is a common gynecologic condition among women. The relation between the menstrual pain and the Chinese medicine body constitution had never being studied in Malaysia, especially among students in higher education institute. In this study, a survey was carried out to analyze the relationship between the occurrence of dysmenorrhea among female students and the Chinese medicine body constitution. A cross-sectional descriptive was conducted on 201 female students. The information were obtained via questionnaires. The result analysis indicated 80% of the respondents experienced dysmenorrhea, with 79.6% of them had biased constitutions. The top three biased constitutions in the dysmenorrhea group were qi deficiency constitution, qi stagnation constitution, and yin deficiency constitution. Through this study, the relation between dysmenorrhea and the biased Chinese medicine body constitution was confirmed.


Dysmenorrhea Menstruation Chinese medicine constitution Healthcare 



Authors wish to express their gratitude to Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, INTI International University (Traditional Chinese Medicine Programme) for funding and supporting this project.

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Ethical statement

This study was approved by University Ethics Committee and Research Approval Committee, INTI International University. All the respondents were acknowledged that the results of this study might be published for non-profit or educational purposes.

Conflict of interest

This manuscript described has not been published before; not under consideration for publication anywhere else; and has been approved by all co-authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Life SciencesINTI International UniversityNilaiMalaysia

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