Menstrual and Menopausal Disorders
There are a variety of menstrual disorders from pre-menstrual syndrome, painful periods, irregular periods, mid-cycle spotting, to fibroids, peri-menopause, and menopause that acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine can effectively treat and regulate.
There are Acupuncture Meridians (pathways where the energy flows and acupuncture points are located) that connect and regulate the uterus. Theses meridians have a profound effect on the regulation of the menstrual cycle and menstrual disorders. By regulating the energy of these meridians the menstrual cycle is also regulated. This helps to ensure more regular and less heavy cycles with less pain, premenstrual symptoms, and fatigue. This also helps to balance the hormones, and increase fertility.
Fibroids can also be affected with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. Fibroids can often be shrunk or eliminated depending on their size. At the very least acupuncture can help to reduce fibroids increase in size and regulate any heavy bleeding or discomfort that may be caused.
Peri-menopause and menopause, as well as some menstrual disorders occur due to an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone. In Chinese medicine estrogen is like the yin of the body and progesterone is like the yang energy of the body. When the yin is too little the yang surges upward created hot flashes and sweating. To alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms of night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, and mood changes that accompany menopause we balance the yin and yang energies of the body with herbs or acupuncture. Once the yin and yang is balanced the symptoms lessens and fade.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine is a great alternative to hormonal replacement therapy. It has an excellent success rate in reducing and easing the symptoms of menopause.