Women’s health is an area that Western medicine seems to only have so many solutions for—and many of those solutions are invasive and hormone-altering. The female reproductive system is complex and goes through a multitude of changes throughout a woman’s life—and even just throughout one month!
Acupuncture is the perfect natural way to support women’s health in its many facets.
It’s extremely common for women of all ages to experience complications during their menstrual cycles, varying in severity from bothersome to completely debilitating. If you’re someone who has experienced extreme pain or discomfort during your menstruation, perhaps due to endometriosis, you know how disruptive this can be to living your daily life.
Acupuncture is an incredible natural solution for many of the pains of menstruation, from headaches and mood swings to abdominal cramps and cycle irregularity.
While acupuncture is not a proven method of curing internal conditions like endometriosis, the symptoms of such disorders (particularly the severe pain, cramping, fatigue, and nausea that can come along with them) are greatly reduced through acupuncture treatments.
Menopause and Perimenopause
Menopause and perimenopause, the transitional time when a woman’s body exits the reproductive years, can be nearly unbearable for many women. Hot flashes, heart palpitations, urine leakage, vaginal dryness, anxiety and moodiness, and insomnia are just a handful of symptoms that can come along with perimenopause.
Thankfully, Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, is very effective for treating menopausal symptoms!
Fertility and Pregnancy
Recent studies have found that acupuncture may improve menstrual health and help women conceive. Once pregnant, physical discomforts of pregnancy can also be alleviated with acupuncture treatments, especially pain in the lower back and pelvic area. Many women find that acupuncture helps ease morning sickness, too. And, of course, acupuncture can be a huge help with any sort of emotional distress, from depression to irritability.
An analysis of 15 studies found that acupuncture treatment was significantly effective in treating PMS, compared with medicine and sham acupuncture. While more, larger studies are needed to fully confirm the scientific evidence of acupuncture to treat Premenstrual Syndrome symptoms, there is a slew of promising research to back it. Since PMS has such varied effects on different women—from moodiness to severe abdominal pain—there are also a variety of ways acupuncture and TCM may be used to help. In particular, studies show that acupuncture and acupressure are sure-fire solutions for mood swings, depression, pain, and anxiety—some of the major symptoms of PMS.
While all sorts of people experience insomnia for a variety of reasons, women are more likely to struggle with sleep trouble as compared to men. 40% of women in the United States experience insomnia at some point in their lives.
Thankfully, clinical studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for improving sleep quality and duration!
Pro Tip: The regularity and consistency of your acupuncture treatments matters! Let’s schedule you for a weekly appointment to make sure you’re getting the most consistent results possible. Call us today!