Women’s Health and Acupuncture
Women of all ages can benefit from acupuncture
Acupuncture is a valuable tool in promoting women’s well-being, both for general optimal health and for treating specific gynecological concerns, including infertility. It works by restoring the flow of qi, or energy, and the balance of the opposing qualities of yin and yang within the body. Using tiny stainless steel needles placed on certain points on the body, this treatment is a painless way to correct health issues.
For young adolescent women just beginning to menstruate, acupuncture can help relieve cramps and PMS. The menstrual cycle can be comfortable and regular so that it won’t interfere with normal day to day activities. Your mother may tell you that her period was difficult until she had her first baby, but you don’t have to wait that long. PMS symptoms usually begin to disappear quickly after an acupuncture session.
Although menstruation is a natural and normal process it can be a difficult one for many women. The symptoms may include pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, breast tenderness, insomnia and gastro-intestinal disturbances. These symptoms may have a significant impact on normal daily life. Acupuncture and herbs produce good results in the treatment of PMS. Your practitioner should take the time to Implement natural remedies, diet changes and herbs to enhance the treatment outcome.
Acupuncture also offers physical and emotional support for childbirth. In the three weeks preceding your due date, Acupuncture treatment encourages softening and thinning of the cervix. These treatments reduce your chance of going beyond 40 weeks and can shorten labor. It can also be used during childbirth as it reduces the need for pain medication and augmentation. For women who are trying to become pregnant, acupuncture can help solve problems of infertility. After childbirth, acupuncture and herbal medicine are very helpful in restoring and replenishing the new mother’s energy. In addition, whether for pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum, acupuncture provides powerful relief from anxiety.
For women in menopause, hot flashes and night sweats can be greatly reduced to make this time of transition much more comfortable. Treatment focuses on stopping excessive sweating and restoring restfulness.
Acupuncture is effective for other Women’s health problems:
premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
low back pain
postpartum depression and exhaustion