Acupuncture is well known to safely and effectively aid women’s menstrual health, across a number of different areas.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR PREMENSTRUAL SYMPTOMS
In the run up to a your period, you may experience one or many of the following symptoms:
Many women consider this perfectly normal and expect to suffer each month. However, in Chinese medicine the majority of these symptoms are seen as stagnation in the flow of energy in the body, and acupuncture can produce significant improvements for premenstrual issues by ensuring a smooth flow of energy throughout the cycle.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR ABSENT PERIODS
The absence of a period indicates a hormonal imbalance, which can be caused by many different factors. Due to acupuncture’s ability to regulate the central nervous and endocrine systems, it can be used to re-establish the hormonal balance necessary for menstruation.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR PAINFUL PERIODS
Pain during the menstrual cycle, before, during or after the period, is an extremely common condition. As with all conditions, acupuncture attempts to find the cause of this pain in order to produce long lasting results. Many patients find that in treating painful periods, they also get a substantial improvement in premenstrual signs.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR HEAVY PERIODS
A heavy menstrual flow can leave you feeling exhausted, but acupuncture can be used to reduce the menstrual flow and associated symptoms. Heavy bleeding can also be linked to conditions such as fibroids or endometriosis and therefore appropriate testing and treatment may be required. A thorough Chinese medical diagnosis can establish the cause of the excessive bleeding and provide a long lasting solution.
Acupuncture can provide relief for a variety of conditions
that affect a woman’s reproductive health.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS
Endometriosis is when cells like the ones in the lining of the uterus are found elsewhere in the body, resulting in pain, swelling and often painful periods, spotting, dark menstrual blood, and clotting. Acupuncture aids the treatment of endometriosis, which will improve the menstrual cycle, alleviate pain, and increase chances of conceiving.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR POLYCYSTIC OVARY SUNDROME (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome is an increasingly common condition, where multiple fluid-filled cysts grow on and around the ovaries. This can prevent ovulation and make the menstrual cycle irregular, and is a common cause of infertility. Associated symptoms include excessive hair growth, weight gain and acne.
Chinese medicine is known to effectively treat this condition by tackling both the symptoms and the underlying cause. Severe polycystic ovary syndrome is a difficult and stubborn condition to treat, and it may take up to six months of treatment before good progress is made. Dietary and lifestyle factors also play an important role in the treatment of this condition.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR FIBROIDS
Fibroids are the most common structural abnormality of the uterus and may form in the endometrium of the uterus or protrude into the uterine cavity.
They can be completely asymptomatic however in some women they may cause:
Fibroids and polyps can also interfere with fertility and conception as they affect the development of the endometrial lining, making embryo implantation difficult.
In Chinese medicine, fibroids are viewed as stagnated blood that is not moving freely. Acupuncture points are used to move to blood and increase the circulation in the area. Herbs may be recommended along with acupuncture.
Acupuncture is popular with expectant mums, thanks to its natural and holistic approach.
ACUPUNCTURE DURING PREGNANCY
Acupuncture is known to be an effective way to help bring relief from many of the discomforts associated pregnancy, including:
PREPARING FOR LABOUR
From 36 weeks, the development of your baby is complete and your body’s energy becomes directed towards preparing for childbirth.
Acupuncture at this stage of pregnancy is hugely beneficial in helping your body prepare for labour –supporting the sinews as they stretch to widen the pelvis, softening the cervix, helping the baby to descend into the optimal position, and boosting your energy reserves.
Acupuncture can be helpful in bringing support and relief for the “minor discomforts” that some women may experience during late pregnancy, such as:
A baby will generally settle into a head down position by weeks 34-36 of pregnancy, however some babies stubbornly remain with their heads up – known as the breech position.‘Moxa’ is a herb used in Chinese Medicine as a safe and effective way to encourage the baby to turn, though it should not be used if you have a twin pregnancy, placenta previa, high blood pressure or any uterine bleeding.
Acupuncture is known to be effective in helping promote the onset of spontaneous labour. Specific points are used to help descend the baby into the pelvic area, to aid cervical dilation, to stimulate contractions and to help you keep calm.
Acupuncture is also helpful prior to a scheduled medical induction, as it can help the body to respond effectively to the medications used to induce labour.
POST PARTUM CARE
In Chinese Medicine, rest is considered vital to replenish your energy and to give you and your new baby the time to bond. We suggest a treatment 6 weeks after birth. There are many changes happening in your body and acupuncture is helpful in regulating hormonal imbalances, minimising after pains, addressing any breast symptoms or bleeding complications, regulating temperature swings, and promoting healing.
Acupuncture can also address many of the complications that affect breastfeeding, including blocked ducts, pain, insufficient lactation, mastitis and overproduction. It is very important if your breastfeeding is not going smoothly to contact your midwife or obstetrician and seek expert advice.