Acupuncture for Women's Health: A Few Things You Did Not Know
Acupuncture is very effective at treating most women's health issues including:
Acupuncture for premenstrual syndrome focuses on the Liver Qi. When the Liver Qi becomes blocked it can affect the entire body, but in the case of PMS, it causes blood to pool in the uterus. This leads to most of the symptoms that can interfere with women’s lives for 5-10 days each month for a significant portion of her life. Acupuncture helps to release any blockages that may be causing symptoms like bloating, spotting, and irritability.
When the Qi becomes stagnant, it can cause worsening symptoms like cramping and pain. Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for Menstrual cramping. In conjunction to healing the flow of Qi it helps increase relaxation which in turn reduces tension. Triggering specific nerves in the body stimulates the brain to regulate Serotonin, Endorphins, and Neuropeptides that helps your body regulate pain and other negative states.
A study was even done by the National Institutes of Health in 2008 concluded that Acupuncture showed a significant decrease in acute and chronic dysmenorrhea in subjects. It also concluded that there was a substantial reduction in pain medication usage in the form of NSAID’s (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.) This is great for anyone wanting to stay away or just reduce the number of pharmaceuticals taken.
Amenorrhea and Irregular Menstruation
Amenorrhea just means not having a menstrual cycle. There are two kinds of Amenorrhea, the first is when a young girl fails to get her first period about the age of 16 while the second one is when one or more periods is missed. This is actually a symptom of another condition, but can still be treated.
Liver controls the flow of emotions and Qi in the entire body because that is where the blood is stored and regulated. The Spleen produces Qi and blood can cause a deficiency if it is not up to par. Kidney’s Qi regulate the overall health of reproduction and longevity.
Treatment of Amenorrhea and irregular menstruation cycles are treated similarly because they can be caused by the same blockages of Qi. When blood becomes stagnant in the Liver and Kidneys or when negative emotions disturb the function of those two systems, then the menstruation cycle can become irregular or stop. Acupuncture treats those blockages to release the Qi to flow naturally, in turn relieving the symptoms.
Menopause and Perimenopause
There will come a time in every woman’s life where the dreaded hot flashes and night sweats signal the start of Perimenopause. Unfortunately, that means that Menopause is soon after. Perimenopause is the short period of time before Menopause actually begins, but symptoms begin.
Acupuncture treats the symptoms of Menopause but not Menopause itself. Triggering the Qi areas that control the body’s heat controls will help reduce night sweats and heat flashes. Releasing negative emotions and stress relieves the natural anxiety that starts with the onset of Menopause. It can even help to relieve sleep disturbances like insomnia or waking in the middle of the night by calming your emotions and placing your nervous system into a parasympathetic mode. This means that your hormones and all things affected will calm and relax, thus making sleep easier. It can even help with before bedtime activities that may have forgotten about due to discomfort.
Ovarian Cysts, Uterine Fibroids, and Endometriosis
In much of the same methods mentioned above, correcting the flow of Qi energy, restoring the emotional equilibrium, and cleansing the blood, Acupuncture can help treat the symptoms from Ovarian Cysts, Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis, and many other issues concerning a woman’s well being.