PCOS is an endocrine disorder that impacts both fertility and general health. This condition causes the ovaries to develop multiple small cysts and is triggered by elevated insulin levels that stimulate excess androgen production. It is said to affect up to 10% percent of women of reproductive age, and up to 90% percent of women with irregular menstrual cycles.
The most common symptoms of PCOS are an irregular period, lack of ovulation, Infertility, hirsutism, insulin resistance and unusual weight gain.
PCOS influences fertility by affecting ovulation. When less estrogen is produced, the more LH and testosterone are generated. If the PCOS sufferer does ovulate, the egg is usually of feeble quality due to the surroundings in which it has been developing. Healthy eggs require growth in an estrogen and progesterone (female hormones) nourished environment, not in an androgenic (male hormone) setting.
When acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are applied they can potentially:
Enhancing a balanced diet and incorporating a healthy lifestyle-with exercise- can also contribute greatly to the treatment of PCOS, and is recommended. By embracing these steps, the body will host the most optimal environment for the acupuncture to work that much better. Acupuncture and herbal medicine as a holistic solution to PCOS works by improving the body’s own natural healing potential.
Menopause is determined by the permanent cessation of the menstrual cycle and the end of a woman’s ability to conceive. This is a normal part of the aging process and occurs when the ovaries discontinue making hormones called estrogens. Although this can happen sooner, this usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 to 60. Hormonally, menopause is indicated when estrogen levels decline, thereby causing the pituitary gland to secrete higher levels of FSH.
Menopausal symptoms may include: joint pain, hot flashes, night sweats, restlessness, memory loss, bone loss, headaches, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, moodiness, and depression
Acupuncture has the ability to alter various biochemical conditions in order to re-balance the body and alleviate menopausal symptoms. Acupuncture for menopause is often administered in combination with herbal medicine. Additionally, we recommend dietary and lifestyle modifications to further benefit the menopausal woman.
In a recent scientific study, the success rate of acupuncture in treating PMS symptoms was 77.8%, vs 5.9% in a placebo group. Acupuncture rebalances and increases the body’s flow of energy, which becomes disrupted over time by stress, overwork, and poor dietary habits. Restoring the body’s balance can stabilize hormonal fluctuations, reducing anxiety, mastalgia, insomnia, headaches, and many other symptoms of PMS.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors comprised of smooth uterine muscle and connective tissue. The uterus is the most common site for muscle tumors to occur. Conventional Western medicine believes that estrogen can trigger fibroids and cause them grow more quickly. At least 25% of women are affected by uterine fibroids.
Some of those with uterine fibroids may be asymptomatic, while others may suffer from: excessive menstrual bleeding, painful periods (dysmenorhea) , bleeding between periods (spotting), pelvic pain or fullness, pain during intercourse, and frequent urination.
Fibroids can also hinder fertility and are the leading cause of hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) in the United States.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been used for centuries to treat uterine fibroids effectively. Fibroids can significantly shrink or disappear as a result of Chinese medicine. When the underlying cause of fibroids is treated, they are less likely to keep growing back. For many women, the fibroids disappear naturally after menopause when estrogen levels naturally decline.
Endometriosis is defined as the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside the endometrium, causing lesions. The presence of endometrial cells, which make up the inner lining of the uterus, are found in areas outside of the uterus in the pelvic cavity. Endometriosis commonly exists in the cervix, the vaginal-rectal space, ovary, fallopian tubes, and the colon/ bladder wall.
Symptoms may include:
*Some women even bleed in places as distant as the nasopharynx during menstruation. (i.e. nosebleeds)
Endometriosis symptoms may range and are classified as: mild, moderate, and severe. It’s severe endometriosis that may be responsible for mechanical obstruction, yet mild and moderate cases may also be impactful, also producing immune cells. Once these cells are activated, they may destroy other normal cells such as sperm and even live embryos, making it increasingly difficult for a woman to conceive.
Treatment with acupuncture, herbal remedies and moxibustion for endometriosis is highly effective for those who endure continuous pain and hormonal fluctuations due to this condition.
Candida is an overgrowth or imbalance of the flora of the intestine including yeast, mold and fungus.
A number of conditions can lead to Candidiasis-the term used to describe overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal tract. Steroid drugs (such as cortisone), birth control pills, and the long-term use of antibiotics. Antibiotics, while effective in fighting infection, can deplete the immune system and over time may reduce the number of beneficial bacteria that normally help to keep the yeast under control.
Poor nutrition or a sluggish immune system weakens the body’s ability to fight off yeast. Since yeast thrives on SUGAR, restricting it from one’s diet –and eliminating refined carbohydrates and gluten grains– will assist one’s efforts, thereby allowing the body to restore its intestinal flora and normalize PH levels.
When yeast is in overabundance, symptoms may include:
Enhancing the immune system is crucial as well as effective with acupuncture, a key protocol when treating Candidiasis. Along with dietary guidelines and appropriate anti-fungal herbal remedies, acupuncture can lead to a very successful treatment for eradicating this condition in the short and long-term.
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Acupuncture can be very effective treating the following gynecological conditions:
*You might also consider acupuncture if you suffer from: Heavy, painful or irregular periods