WOMEN'S HEALTH

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.


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WHAT ACUPUNCTURE CAN OFFER

Acupuncture offers a powerful way to maintain or improve a woman’s health. Each treatment plan is individualized and while it may take time to rebalance a woman’s cycle, ositive effects in terms of energy and well-being can be noticed almost immediately.

PMS

Many women suffer from a wide variety of symptoms every month. Premenstrual syndrome can cause cramps, bloating, fatigue, breast pain and changes in appetite during the onset of menstruation. Acupuncture, dietary changes and exercise can help regain hormonal balance and achieve symptomatic relief.

PAINFUL, HEAVY OR IRREGULAR PERIODS

In Chinese medicine, a women’s menstrual cycle should be regular (28-32 days), with 4-5 days of moderate blood flow during the period without heavy clotting and with little or no pain. Anything other than this points to blockages of Qi in the meridians (energy channels) that traverse the abdominal area. Typically, weekly acupuncture treatments over 2-3 menstrual cycles is adequate to restore the free flow of energy and return a women’s cycle to normal.

MENOPAUSE

According to Chinese medicine menopause is a woman’s second spring. Unfortunately, it is often accompanied by hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, vaginal dryness and changes in libido. While menopause is a time of change and mark’s the natural transition that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive period, it should not be a burden. Many of the signs and symptoms of menopause can be relieved through acupuncture and lifestyle changes.

FERTILITY, PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

Acupuncture can be helpful to couples who are trying to conceive on their own, and couples who are using Western fertility treatments to get pregnant. By harmonizing hormone levels and by relaxing the body and mind, acupuncture has been shown to increase the chances of getting pregnant.

Caring for ones health during pregnancy is key to the well-being of mother and child. Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment as it offers women drug-free relief for a multitude of problems that can arise during pregnancy. i.e., morning sickness, sciatica, heartburn and hemorrhoids.

During labor acupuncture and/or acupressure can play a role in actively reducing the level of medical interventions such as inductions, forceps deliveries and caesarean sections. It can also help the mother stay more relaxed during difficult deliveries. After childbirth, acupuncture can help new Moms recover and rebalance.

The aim of acupuncture is not only to cure symptoms but to balance the body and prevent illness.