Women’s lives today are very different than they were 100, 50, or even 20 years ago, and the constant physical and emotional demands, combined with environmental and societal factors, can offset a woman’s hormonal balance leaving her experiencing a variety of symptoms and conditions.
Many of these manifest themselves through female health disorders such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, and the growth of fibroids or cysts. For most women, these conditions can be successfully treated by stabilizing and balancing the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body with Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbs, and whole food nutrition/food therapy.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which the cells that form the lining of the uterus grow outside of the uterus. Some women are debilitated by the condition, while others may have mild to no symptoms. Although endometriosis was not clearly diagnosed until recent times, Chinese Medicine has been commonly used to treat its symptoms such as pelvic pain, irregular menstruation, pain during intercourse, intestinal irregularity, low back pain, infertility and other related symptoms and conditions.
Uterine fibroids, also called fibroid tumors, myomas or leiomyomas, are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus. Fibroids occur so frequently (in up to half of all women over 40) that they could be considered a “normal irregularity”. In fact, they are the number one reason American women have hysterectomies. The causes of uterine fibroids are unknown, but estrogens promote their growth. By strengthening the liver with herbs we help to metabolize estrogen out of the body, thus influencing fibroid reduction.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is due to unbalanced hormonal fluctuations, and is the cyclic recurrence of a group of symptoms that peak 7 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear a few hours after the onset of the menstrual flow. This condition is characterized by multiple and diverse symptoms, with the number, type and severity of symptoms experienced varying from woman to woman, and from month to month. While many women experience mild symptoms of short duration, other women have more severe symptoms that last for many days and temporarily disturb their normal functioning.
A mixture of correct diet, adequate exercise, and emotional clarity, along with Acupuncture and medicinal herbs can correct imbalances and bring long-term relief. Regular Acupuncture treatment is helpful in balancing female hormonal function and the autonomic nervous system and is effective for the long-term management of PMS.
Our treatment approach to all menstrual disorders is designed to support your body in its effort to maintain:
- The function of the endocrine glands involved in the balance of estrogen and progesterone.
- The circulation of the blood, the medium through which hormones must travel to reach the ovaries, uterus, and endometrium.
- Liver function, the organ where hormones are broken down and eliminated, preventing the excess accumulation of unwanted hormones.
Acupuncture removes energy blockages and in turn stabilizes hormonal fluctuations. It also provides deep relaxation that helps to calm the mind. Herbs work together with Acupuncture to regulate the flow of energy and substances in the body. Together they stimulate the body’s natural functions and encourage it to establish optimum balance.
Chinese Medicine can treat a wide range of health concerns and has been used effectively throughout the world in treating many women’s health conditions.