Acupuncture for Women’s Health, Including Menopause & Fertility
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been used for thousands of years to balance the hormonal system. Believe it or not, the reproductive system influences and is influenced by other aspects of your body. This is why often times your menstrual cycle is affected by changes in your emotional and physical health. When your Qi is freely flowing, your body is able to function in a healthy way.
Research has found acupuncture may increase fertility. One scientific review of 23 studies found that acupuncture improved the chances of conceiving in women undergoing IVF treatments. Another study saw pregnancy rates double in women who worked with a TCM practitioner. It comes as no surprise then that The American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility & Sterility Journal has recognized the incredible power and potential of acupuncture to help women get pregnant. In addition to addressing imbalances or symptoms to improve general health and promote balance, acupuncture can also be used to reduce stress, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, and help normalize ovulation, all of which can help women conceive.
Acupuncture has also been shown to help reduce depression, which can be a problem for women struggling with infertility. It can also decrease stress and anxiety that can contribute to fertility problems. What's more, high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) have been shown to increase the risk of miscarriage in women once they become pregnant.
Acupuncture and herbal treatments can be used alone or with Western medical techniques to enhance effectiveness. Because acupuncture improves your overall health, pregnancy becomes easier to achieve, miscarriages may be reduced, and postpartum recuperation is faster so that you feel better and have more energy.
Hot flashes. Mood swings. Weight Gain. Insomnia. Fatigue. Menopause is no picnic, at an average of 4-5 years, symptoms can greatly impact a woman’s life. Traditional therapies often come with negative side effects, including increased risk of uterine and breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke. This leaves women with few options to address the negative symptoms of menopause.
Research examining menopausal women found that acupuncture could significantly reduce menopause symptoms. The study noted significant improvements in hot flashes, night sweats, sleep issues, frequency and/or severity of sweating, mood, skin and hair issues, and energy/fatigue.
General Women’s Health
Acupuncture balances hormones in the body naturally and without harmful side effects that often come with other methods. Furthermore, it has been found to improve many health issues that women struggle with, including:
Pain and cramps
Pain/Bleeding due to fibroids