Women’s Health

Your menstrual cycle

Acupuncture and herbs can positively impact how your experience your period each month. They can alleviate symptoms related to your cycle:

  • Painful cramping & low back pain
  • Irregular cycles
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Mood swings/anger/anxiety
  • Digestive upset
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance

Our menstrual cycle is one of the primary experiences that defines our sex. It sets a rhythm for our lives and when this rhythm is interrupted it can have a wide range of health consequences. It is not necessary to malign the coming of your period. It can be and should be a natural and comfortable experience. Cultivating a comfortable and easy menstrual cycle is also a key component for any woman working to conceive. In addition to regulating your cycle, I work with women to achieve the best lifestyle/diet to conceive and create a health environment for their baby.

Other gynecologically related conditions that can be treated by Chinese Medicine include:

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Chronic & acute urinary tract infections
  • Chronic & acute vaginal infections (bacterial & yeast)
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Mastitis

There has been research on Chinese medicine and women’s health. If you are interested here are some studies & articles that outline the results.

Fertility

Have you been struggling to conceive? Are you currently being treated for infertility? Chinese medicine is an excellent companion to infertility treatments.

Chinese medicine may be the different perspective needed to help you toward motherhood. If you are considering IVF, acupuncture and herbs can benefit before or during an IVF cycle. It can help with the side effects of the medications and help enhance the health of the uterus.

Perhaps you are planning to conceive soon but would like to prepare your body as much as possible for the hard work ahead. Chinese medicine can help stabilize your cycle, boost your energy reserves and encourage healthy and vital blood flow to the reproductive organs.

Here are a few research articles about how Chinese medicine can influence conception and IVF treatment:

Menopause

Traditionally our culture has viewed a women’s life in three phases: maiden, mother and crone. In modern life, many women now experience a phase between motherhood and crone that some call maga.

Christine Northrup M.D., a prominent leader in women’s health, considers the perimenopausal and menopausal time a “life stage [that] ushers in the spring time of the second half of life and is often accompanied by surges in creativity, vitality, newfound ambition and the need to be of meaningful service to the community in a larger way…our goals and behavior become more motivated by the demands of our souls, not just those of society.”

Some have related the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause to labor – but instead of a child, the women is giving birth to herself. Chinese medicine can smooth your way through menopause. Instead of constantly feeling up and down, hot and cold, acupuncture and herbs can help your symptoms decrease in severity and frequency. You can approach this time with greater clarity and energy.

The hallmark symtpms of perimenopause include:

Decreased progesterone

  • Breast swelling & tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • “Fuzzy thinking”
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Water retention
  • PMS
  • Weight gain

Decreased testerone:

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Decreased sex response
  • Depression
  • Decreased energy
  • Loss of or thinning pubic hair

Decreased estrogen:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased energy & ambition
  • Depression and/or mood swings
  • Dryness
  • Headaches
  • Mental confusion
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Chronic urinary tract infections
  • Increased susceptibility to vaginal infections

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you can experience relief with Chinese medicine. It is my goal to help you approach your life with wholeness and a deeper connection to yourself.

Digestion

I have found that many of my patients (including myself!) suffer from ongoing digestive discomfort. In fact more women then men are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). While Allopathic medicine has few tools to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions, Chinese medicine can alleviate a wide range of digestive symptoms through acupuncture, moxa, herbs and nutritional therapy. Here are just some of the symptoms I can address:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Gas & Bloating
  • Malabsorbtion

Fatigue

Chronic fatigue and exhaustion can be caused by a wide range of reasons from hypothyroidism to insomnia to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (an autoimmune disease).

If you feel exhausted everyday and struggle through daily tasks I can help you recover your energy, cultivate vitality and reclaim your life.

Mental/Emotional

One of the most powerful ways Chinese medicine can cultivate change in your life is emotionally. In Chinese medicine the emotional body is treated equally and at the same time as the physical body.

If you experience…

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • PTSD

…you can find peace and resilience with Chinese medicine.

Emotional body conditions will eventually impact the physical body. In fact this is an accepted principle in Chinese medicine. Consider the words of Liu Zhou, a 6th century philosopher, “If the spirit is at peace, the heart is in harmony; when the heart is in harmony, the body is whole; if the spirit becomes aggravated the heart wavers, and when the heart wavers the body becomes injured; if one seeks to heal the physical body, therefore, one needs to regulate the spirit first.”

In my experience with patients and my own health, pursuing a treatment for mental/emotional symptoms often resolves significant physical symptoms including but not limited to insomnia, pain, headache and digestive discomfort. This is because Chinese medicine approaches the whole system; it treats emotional and physical symptoms simultaneously.

And so much more!

Chinese medicine can also address and relieve the symptoms of:

  • Hypo/hyperthyroidism
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Frequent colds
  • Bell’s Palsy

Autoimmune diseases such as:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psoriasis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma

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