Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are beneficial for women throughout all stages of their lives. Generally speaking, when treating ailments related to a women’s cycle, the patient can expect a course of treatment with acupuncture and herbs to take place over three cycles. Of course, everyone is different and complicated cases might take more time, but this is the general rule of thumb.
At Invigorate Acupuncture I want young girls to have a welcome place to discuss the changes they are experiencing in their bodies and discover natural ways to regain balance and to feel better. Healthy lifestyle habits that begin at this age can last a lifetime. I use acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine to assist young girls with things like: acne, irregular periods, painful periods, PMS and stress management.
Adult Reproductive Health
Many women of child-bearing age turn to Chinese medicine to help with PMS endometriosis, fibroids, amenorrhea, painful periods, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or infertility. Acupuncture treatments can work with the central nervous system, affect the endocrine system, balance hormone levels, increase blood flow to the uterus, and improve the quality of uterine lining.
Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Often people use acupuncture to assist them with fertility, but the benefits do not stop once conception occurs. Many women turn to acupuncture during pregnancy to ease morning sickness, swollen ankles, back pain, sciatica, headaches, constipation, hemorrhoids and heartburn because acupuncture is a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals.
Some obstetricians recommend patients try acupuncture when the baby is in a breech position. Traditionally the burning of an herb called mugwort above the skin is used. This technique has been done for centuries for this purpose. Research shows that this technique is most successful prior to 37 weeks.
In the last few weeks of pregnancy weekly treatments are recommended to soften pelvic muscles, and ligaments, and prepare the body for labor. If labor induction becomes medically necessary, often women seek assistance through acupuncture as an alternative to chemical induction. If your body is ready, it can take 1-3 treatments to gently nudge for your body to get ready for labor.
Giving birth to a child is one of the most beautiful life-changing events a woman can experience but it is also very demanding one. It is important that mother’s take the time for self-care so that they can recover quickly and have the energy to care for their family. Many common complaints of new moms can be relieved with acupuncture and herbs, such as: low milk supply, mastitis, fatigue, postpartum depression and back pain. New mama’s are always welcome to come to treatment with their little ones!
For women undergoing this life change, Acupuncture, but especially Chinese herbal medicine can offer solutions to help make this transition easier. For women in this phase of life I often treat: Irritability, insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats and heavy menstrual cycles.