As a woman, it's especially important to actively care for your health through all phases of life. Most women face a wide variety of health concerns as they age, from PMS, fertility and childbirth issues, to menopause and beyond. Whatever your concerns may be, acupuncture and Traditonal Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a safe, natural, and effective way to support your physical and emotional health.
TCM tells us that specific meridian and organ systems, in this case the kidney, spleen, and liver, are related to gynecological health. When one or more of these systems are affected, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms before or during your period. Fertility issues can also be related to the organs. Your practitoner will work to find the underlying imbalances and devise a treatment plan that will help your body regain it's natural balance.
Your menstrual period can provide a great deal of information about your overall health. Unfortunetly, many women suffer from a wide variety of symptoms every month. Premenstrual syndrome, known as PMS, can cause cramps, bloating, fatigue, breast pain, headaches, mood swings, and changes in appetite during the onset of menstruation. But you shouldn't have to dread your period every month. Acupuncture, along with herbal medicine, dietary changes, and excercise, can help you regain hormonal balance and achieve symptomatic relief.
Fibroids and Endometriosis
Changes in your period can have a number of causes, some of which may be serious. If you start experencing intense pain or heavy bleeding, talk to your health care provider.
Uterine fibroids are one of the more common causes of menstrual problems for women in their 30's and 40's. Fibroids are non-cancerous masses that can grow on the uterus and in some cases can cause long, heavy periods, pain during sex, and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the stomach.
Endometriosis also affects many woman in their 30's and 40's. It occurs when uterine cells start to grow outside the uterus, and can cause low back pain during menstruation, pain during sex, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
Western treatments for both these conditions often include medication or surgery. While more research is needed, several studies have shown that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can significantly relieve the painful periods often associated with these and other conditions.
General Gynecological Ailments:
Breast Health and Chinese Medicine
Recent research proves acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective for many breast diseases. Acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine may significantly decrease the discomfort of women with fibrocystic breast disease, premenstrual breast distention and pain, and benign breast lumps. So why wait? Modern Western medicine, for all it's many great benefits in our lives, has little to offer women suffering from pre-menstrual breast distention and pain or fibrocystic breast disease. But, based on current research, we know that Chinese medicine most assuredly does!
Hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, memory problems, vaginal dryness, and changes in the libido are all signs and symptoms of menopause, a natural transition that marks the end of a woman's reproductive period. While menopause is a time change, it shouldn't be a burden. Many of the signs and symptoms of menopause can be relieved through acupuncture and TCM. Your practioner can also help develop a plan that works together with Western therapies to help you make the most of this time of life.
By working together and making positive lifestyle changes, you'll soon be enjoying many benefits of a balanced, energetic approach to life - and that's something every woman can appreciate.