The practice of acupuncture is maturing in the West. What began as a novelty treatment has moved into the mainstream of Western culture, and is gaining serious regard from the Western medical establishment. The key to this change is acupuncture’s effectiveness, and its ability to restore the normal functioning of the human body.
This is especially true in the area of women’s reproductive health. While there is no denying the value of Western surgical techniques or drug therapies in the area of women’s health, there are many disorders of the reproductive system for which these techniques do not always provide the desired result. Acupuncture can provide a safe, natural way to treat women suffering from reproductive disorders who are not responding to Western medical techniques.
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health. It is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy, which in a healthy person circulates constantly through the body. When there is an imbalance or blockage of Qi, the vital organs in the body receive an inadequate amount, and physical symptoms relating to various medical concerns may result.
For women there are many opportunities for Qi to become blocked or stagnant. In addition, the effects of lifestyle can lead to a depletion of vital energy. When this happens, it may result in uncomfortable symptoms before or after a period, fertility issues might occur, or a woman may have hot flashes during her premenopausal years. In Chinese medicine, all of these things are signs of an underlying imbalance of Qi and can be addressed quite simply.
The aim of acupuncture is not only to cure symptoms but to balance the body and prevent illness.