Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are extremely helpful in treating and helping manage women’s health related problems. One’s that I have treated and managed successfully include menstrual irregularities/pain, menopausal symptoms, and PMS symptoms. Other problems that are managed well with acupuncture include pain or heavy periods from endometriosis, or fibroids.
Menstrual pain and irregularities can be caused by many different contributing factors according to Chinese medical theory. We perform a thorough intake which includes tongue and pulse diagnosis to determine what is the cause of these problems. Usually when there is menstrual pain this is a result of some type of blockage within the reproductive area of a woman. An example of a physical blockage would be a uterine fibroid or ovarian cysts that cause pain during menstruation.
Stress and Menses
Stress contributes to many women’s health problems such as menstrual irregularities and PMS. Acupuncture is very effective in helping a person decrease the amount of stress in her life through the promotion of relaxation and overall wellness. Acupuncture, which uses very thin and solid stainless steel needles, helps with regulating menses and PMS symptoms through freeing the flow of blocked energy from stress on the nervous system. It is painless and very healing to the overall health of the person receiving the treatment.
Endometriosis is a condition that is becoming more commonly diagnosed in women between ages of 25-40. It is a condition where the endometrial tissue begins growing outside of the uterus. This leads to symptoms such as pelvic and abdominal pain, painful periods (dysmenorrhea), pre-menstrual spotting, and infertility. It can also cause digestive disturbances. Acupuncture has been found to be very effective in reducing pain associated with endometriosis as well as with regulating the menses for a more regular cycle. The key treatment principles according to Chinese medical theory involve supporting proper shedding of the endometrial lining through boosting energy within the reproductive system, eliminating stagnating factors such as dampness and heat, as well as increasing healthy blood circulation. Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to increase the positive results and outcome.
Joseph Tonzola L.Ac., Dipl OM