Menopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman’s body. This time of change may last a few months to several years. Symptoms vary from mild to severe as the body adapts to the decreasing amounts of estrogen.
Symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Joint pain
- Weight gain
The typical Western medical treatment for menopause is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which is normally started when the first symptoms of menopause appear. While they may alleviate hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis, they will also increase the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, and have a number of significant side-effects. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are natural and hormone-free treatments that detect energetic imbalances that occur in the body and quickly relieve symptoms such as hot flashes, foggy mind, and irritability.
Traditional Chinese Medicine does not focus on treating one symptom. Instead, it aims to correct the underlying energetic imbalances each individual has. Each treatment is customized with different acupuncture points, herbs and lifestyle and diet recommendations.
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Many women are surprised to find out that acupuncture and herbal therapy can help to regulate, as well as address other associated symptoms related to their menstrual cycles. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are safe, natural, and hormone-free ways to correct hormonal imbalances. The use of Chinese medicine to treat the menstrual cycle can be traced back to writings on bone and shell fragments from 1600 B.C. during the Shang Dynasty.
Menstrual irregularities can include:
- Early periods
- Late or long periods
- Irregular periods
- Heavy periods
- Light periods
- Spotting in between periods
- Amenorrhea (no period)
- Painful Periods
There are many reasons that cause the endocrine system to become imbalanced:
- Emotional changes, such as anger, stress, or excessive worrying
- Long term use of antibiotics or oral contraceptives
- Poor diet – the body may not have the right nutrients to have a regular cycle
- Insufficient rest and sleep
To regulate the menstrual cycle, a diagnosis will be made based on health history, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and lifestyle. The average time for treatment is 3-6 months as it will take time for the body to rebalance its energetics. Adding herbal therapy to your treatments will enhance the therapeutic effects and shorten the treatment time.
If you are struggling with an irregular menstrual cycle, pain, or any other menstrual cycle problems, please contact us and schedule an appointment today to begin your journey to wellness.
Endometriosis is described as the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside the endometrium, or cells that are found in the uterine lining. It impacts the quality of life of an individual by causing chronic pain in the pelvic region, painful periods, abnormal uterine bleeding, and infertility. There are no known causes of endometriosis or cure according to Western Medicine. The solution is usually surgery, and very often, the tissues grow back.
Luckily, this condition responds well to Chinese medicine with proper treatment. A recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine cites acupuncture as effective for the treatment of pain related to endometriosis. The publication notes that a randomized, controlled trial of women suffering from endometriosis pain found that acupuncture was an effective treatment modality.
Treating Endometriosis with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
- Alleviates pain by increasing circulation in the pelvic region.
- Enhances the immune and endocrine systems by stimulating the autonomic nervous system therefore helping to eliminate stray endometrial cells.
- Relieves stress and corrects disruptions in the flow of the body’s energy and restoring optimal health.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Customized herbal formulas work in conjunction with acupuncture treatments to help reduce pain and control the endometriosis.
Diet and Lifestyle
For endometriosis, a warm foods, dairy-free and organic diet is recommended to reduce the amount of exogenous estrogens and inflammatory response which contribute to endometrial growth. However, depending on the individual, these guidelines may vary.
General Health Concerns
Other conditions treated
Acupuncture can be used to a variety of other conditions. Currently, the National Institute of Heath (NIH) has determined that acupuncture is effective in treating over 40 different disease categories. The ones listed below are just some examples:
Pain management – rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, low back pain, neck pain, migraines
Digestive disorders – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), colitis, Crohn’s disease, chronic diarrhea/constipation, acid reflux
Psychological disorders – addiction, insomnia, PTSD, stress management
Immunological disorders – asthma, allergies, common cold or flu
Others – High blood pressure, dizziness and vertigo, urinary disorders, cancer management
For more information on how acupuncture can help you, contact us to set up an initial consultation.