Acupuncture is an acceptable alternative to many types of pills. It also happens to be an effective alternative to “the pill”. That’s right, the birth control pill may be Western medicine’s solution for irregular menstrual cycles but traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used to treat women’s health issues since long before “the pill” was even invented.
Along with herbal medicine, TCM employs acupuncture to counteract such women’s health issues as irregular periods, painful periods, PMS, endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and fibroids. Over 2,000 years ago, TCM practitioners relied on The Yellow Emperor’s Medicine Classic, a journal that described the anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and diseases that were specific to women. Today, gynecology is still one area where TCM is the most successful.
From puberty to pregnancy to menopause, the key to a woman’s vitality is healthy hormonal balance. Both acupuncture and herbs serve this very purpose. It all comes down to the regulation of the menstrual cycle and for most women, fertility issues.
The healthy menstrual cycle, in TCM terms, lasts for 5 to 7 days and occurs every 25 to 31 days, with no physical or emotional discomfort. Does that sound realistic to you? Don’t answer without making an appointment. Once we get a crack at your endocrine system and normal hormone function is restored, you may be surprised to find that the cramps, clotting and headaches will fade or disappear altogether.
If your periods are painful, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been proven to be more effective than pharmaceutical drugs, without the side effects. If your periods are irregular, that is a sign of imbalance which acupuncture will not only directly address at the glandular level, but it will actually lengthen or shorten the period as needed. Even the most troubling pre-menstrual symptoms are a matter of hormonal balance.
If you doubt China’s effectiveness regarding fertility issues, just review the latest population figures. One of today’s leading causes of fertility issues is PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It affects 5-10% of women of menstruating age. Yet, when combined with dietary therapy, the combination of herbs and regular acupuncture can still overcome PCOS and help women conceive naturally.
Myomas, or fibroids, are benign tumors that develop in or around the uterus. For one in five women, they impact fertility and impact cycle issues such as pain and bleeding. A whole host of treatment options are thrown at them, from hysterectomies to myomectomies and hormonal drugs. However, three to nine months of dietary adjustments, herbal treatments and regular acupuncture have proven to be just as effective.
Actively growing and functioning endometrial tissue located just outside the uterus is a condition linked to high levels of stress and fertility issues in many women. Known as endometriosis, the body’s immune response is the cause of its symptoms. Herbs and regular acupuncture reduce said response and alleviate the symptoms.
Chinese medicine can be customized to suit the individual. That is why scheduling a consultation is so important. The idea is not to treat ‘women’, so much as it is to heal YOU.