Healing Hormone Imbalances With Acupuncture
Though many tend to correlate hormone imbalances with the female population, that’s not always the case. Hormonal imbalances affect many people regardless of age. Affected individuals may experience life-altering symptoms like decreased energy and libido, infertility, and mood swings. Women specifically may notice irregular menstrual cycles including several symptoms which highlight a potential hormonal imbalance.
Some statistics estimate that 80 percent of women suffer from some form of hormone imbalance, and a little over 50 percent of those women turn to their doctor for solutions. However, many individuals seek the help of acupuncture, an effective and natural treatment for hormonal imbalances.
How Hormones Affect Your Health
When most people think of reproductive hormones, testosterone and estrogen come to mind. However, these two are just a small part of the system of reproductive hormones. Overall your body produces around thirty different hormones, each vital to your health in its own way. Then, through the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands, the body releases these hormones to form what’s known as the endocrine system.
The combination of glands and hormones that make up the endocrine system can directly impact the functioning of other systems in the body and your overall health. An imbalance or blockage in the endocrine system affects natural systems within the body, such as sleep cycles, metabolism, body temperature, and reproduction. When these imbalances occur, you may encounter symptoms like low energy and libido, fluctuations in weight, depression or irregular moods, or irregular menstruation.
Using Acupuncture to Correct Imbalances
Many seek acupuncture as a natural method to improve hormonal issues and restore balance to the body, as opposed to other approaches that may cause additional side effects. Some Western medical approaches to menopause could increase the risks of stroke, heart attacks, and certain types of cancer. Acupuncture provides an answer for those seeking holistic healing, whether on its own or in conjunction with Western hormone therapies.
During a consultation, your licensed acupuncturist will go over a detailed health history and listen to the symptoms you’ve been experiencing to select the appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs.
An individualized treatment plan may also include suggested diet and exercise alterations and even may include the addition of herbal medicine in order to restore balance to the endocrine system. While it’s possible to experience positive results immediately following an acupuncture sessions, achieving overall balance throughout the body systems can take time.
Finding the Right Acupuncturist
Whether you are a young woman suffering from PMS, a mature woman dealing with menopause, or a man struggling with hypothyroidism, acupuncture can help restore the endocrine system to functioning properly by balancing hormones, reducing pain, and many symptoms related to these imbalances. However, as with any treatment, we always recommend talking to your doctor first.
Let Deanna Carell Acupuncture be the solution to your hormonal imbalances. Before your first acupuncture treatment, our licensed professionals will complete an extensive health intake, evaluate your symptoms, and prescribe a customized course of treatment just for you. For a consultation, please call our office or contact us through our online form.