Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be highly effective at treating a wide range of health related issues regarding women. TCM can treat women for PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Fertility, Menopause, Pregnancy and more. Unlike western medicine, which often focuses on treating symptoms, Chinese Medicine treats the root cause of conditions in order to facilitate long term healing.
1. PMS and Painful Periods
From a Chinese medicine perspective painful periods can result from Qi (energy) or blood flow stagnation. Basically it can be the result of stagnant blood not moving properly. Acupuncture can help promote optimal blood flow to the reproductive organs, improve hormonal imbalances, reduce inflammation and reduce stress. TCM practitioners will often use a combination of acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion and herbs as these prove to be the most effective when treating the condition. Acupuncture helps to increase blood circulation and relax the uterine muscle. Acupuncture, moxibustion and herbs can warm the blood, enhance blood flow and regulate the function of organ systems.
For over 2,000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has promoted specialised treatment for women in pregnancy care and postpartum recovery. Today this care is becoming increasingly popular and used by acupuncturists and specially trained midwives in countries such as Denmark, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand where acupuncture is available in specialised antenatal clinics and maternity hospitals.
Acupuncture can offer relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions including
morning sickness, high/low blood pressure, pelvic pain, breech birth, anxiety, re-occurring Miscarriage, IVF assisted treatment and pain relief.
3. Postpartum Support
Pregnancy and childbirth places a huge strain on the body as it uses up Qi (energy) and blood. Chinese medicine holds the theory that depletion of the body’s essential resources of Qi and blood can result in postpartum depression, low milk supply, fatigue and insomnia after birth. Traditional Chinese medicine treatments including acupuncture, moxibustion and herbs can greatly help with the healing of a women's body after birth.
TCM can assist with lactation, hormonal imbalance, postpartum depression, baby blues, night sweats decreased energy, mastitis, persistent bleeding, recovery from C-section or traumatic birth.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is renowned as a safe, natural and effective treatments to help aid fertility in women. According to Medical Research from the Weill Cornell center in New York the benefits of acupuncture for infertility in women include:
Increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
Regulating hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
Improving the quality and thickness of the uterine lining
Strengthening the Immune System
Decreasing chance for miscarriage
Improving hormone levels including FSH, prolactin, estrogen and progesterone
Regulating the menstrual cycle
The heavy bleeding, backache, severe cramping, and abdominal pain and swelling that often accompany endometriosis are very receptive to TCM treatments. According to TCM, endometriosis is considered to be related to improper blood circulation, or blood stasis. Treatment is focused on increasing blood circulation, relieving stagnation and guiding these effects to the lower abdomen, the uterus, and any other affected area.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can be very effective at treating menopausal symptoms. This is because the aim of traditional Chinese medicine is to restore balance in the body's energy levels, help re-balance hormones and enable the body to readjust to the changes it is undergoing. In TCM these are yin and yang energies and their associated relationship to the balance and health of the body, Re-balancing hormones can help with reducing hot flushes, stress, irritability, insomnia, depression and inducing better sleep.