As a woman, it's especially important to actively care for your health through all the phases of life. Not only is nurturing your well-being a part of living in harmony with nature's cycles, but it can also improve your quality of life. Most of women face a wide variety of health concerns as they age, from PMS, fertility and childbirth issues, to menopause and beyond. Whatever your concern, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) offer a safe, natural and effective way to support your health, physically and emotionally.
A whole-body approach to healing Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic, or whole-body approach to health. According to these theories, Qi(pronounced "chee") is the vital energy that animates the body and flows through pathways called meridians to nourish all of the body's organs. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, the calls, tissues, muscles and organs will receive an inadequate amount of your bodies vital energies. When this occurs physical symptoms relating to various medical concerns may result.
Gynecological health TCM tells us that specific meridian and organ systems, in this case the Kidney, Spleen,and Liver, are related to gynecological health. When one or more of these systems are affected, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms before or during your period. Fertility issues can also be related to these organs. We will work to find the underlying imbalances and devise a treatment plan that will help your body regain its natural balance.
PMS Your period can provide a great deal of information about your overall health. Unfortunately, many women suffer from a wide variety of symptoms every month. Premenstrual syndrome, known as PMS, can cause cramps, bloating, fatigue, breast pain, mood swings and changes in appetite during the onset of menstruation. But you shouldn't have to dread your period every month. Acupuncture, along with herbal medicine, dietary changes,and exercise, can help you regain hormonal balance and achieve symptomatic relief.
Fibroid and Endometriosis Changes in your period can have a number of causes, some of them serious. If you start to experience intense pain or heavy bleeding, talk to us. Uterine fibroids are one of the more common causes of menstrual problems for women in their 30s and 40s. Fibroids are non-cancerous lumps that can grow on the uterus and in some cases cause long, heavy periods, pain during sex, and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the Stomach. Endometriosis also affects many women in their 30s and 40s. It occurs when uterine cells start to grow outside the uterus,and can cause low back pain during menstruation, pain during sex, nausea and vomiting, and fatigue. Western treatment for both these conditions often include medications or surgery. While more research in needed, several studies have shown that Acupuncture can significantly relieve the painful periods often associated with these and other conditions.
Fertility, Pregnancy, and Childbirth Facing fertility issues can be very stressful for the body, mind, and spirit.
But there is hope. Many couples who seek fertility treatment are able to conceive. Incorporating Acupuncture and TCM into your overall treatment plan can help. Acupuncture has been shown to increase the chance of getting pregnant when used in conjunction with invitro fertilization, and TCM can be vary effective in addressing the emotional aspects of infertility as well as the underlying causes.
Pregnancy comes with its own unique challenges. Since so much is demanded of your body at this time, caring for your health is the well-being of both you and your child. Acupuncture and TCM have been shown to be safe and effective for many of the symptoms that often accompany pregnancy, including ;
- Anxiety and stress
- Back pain and sciatica
- Morning sickness
Recent studies have shown that the use of acupuncture during labor may actually reduce the need for pain medications and help the mother stay more relaxed. After childbirth, Acupuncture and TCM can help new moms take much-needed time to recover, rebalance, and rejuvenate.
Menopause Hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, memory problems, vaginal dryness and changes in libido are all signs and symptoms of menopause, a natural transition that marks the end of woman's reproductive period.
While menopause is a time of change, it shouldn't be a burden. Many of the signs and symptoms of menopause can be relieved through acupuncture and TCM. We can also help develop a plan that works together with Western therapies to help you make the most of this time of life.
Heart Disease According to the American Heart Asociation, 'nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart diseases, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases as from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. Several factors can increase a woman's risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Some factors like increasing age, family health history, race and gender cannot be controlled. But other factors such as tobacco use, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes can be controlled. The good news is that Acupuncture and TCM can help support a woman's health and helpe liminate some of these factors.
Finding balance naturally Acupuncture and TCM offer a powerful way to maintain or improve your health. But it is important to remember they are not a "quick fix". We will work with you to develop a plan that specific to your needs, During acupuncture sessions, you will use thin, sterile needles along certain acupuncture point to reestablish the flow and balance of Qi. It may take time to rebalance your body's cycle, but you will begin to feel better and more balanced, the sooner you get started.