Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offer a unique approach to healing by stimulating optimal function of targeted physiologic systems while supporting the balance of the mind-body by reducing the effects of stress. Especially valuable in the treatment of women’s health disorders, acupuncture and herbs treat both symptoms and the root imbalance. Blockages are removed by stimulating the movement of qi and blood, while deficiencies that have occurred from depletion over time, or due to constitution, are tonified and nourished. Each person is treated individually, taking into account the symptom patterns, Western medicine diagnosis, individualized assessment from an energetic perspective, and underlying constitution.
Throughout the menstrual cycle, changes in reproductive physiology are matched by energetic changes, with fluctuations of yin, yang, qi and blood reflected in the various phases of the cycle. Examining these changes in the follicular, ovulatory, luteal, and menstrual phases allows for a detailed view of a woman’s reproductive cycle, and treatment that promotes a healthy cycle, menses, and a balanced, smooth transition throughout the month.
Chinese medicine offers effective techniques for fertility support in both unexplained infertility and specifically diagnosed problems. There are many situations where regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle and reducing stress is the strategy that helps her to conceive. In other cases, acupuncture and Chinese herbs assist fertility by improving ovarian reserve and function, and increasing uterine blood flow.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are safely and effectively used during pregnancy for a variety of problems from the first trimester to labor and delivery. At a time when it is often best to avoid medications, natural remedies and treatment modalities can be a good choice when stronger intervention is not necessary. Women who receive acupuncture throughout their pregnancy often experience easier deliveries and a quicker recovery.
Throughout a woman’s life, there are key times when dramatic hormonal changes occur, particularly at menarche, after pregnancy and childbirth, and at menopause. These times often mark major life transitions and are accompanied by significant changes in the body, mind and emotions. At the same time, they also offer a “window” through which profound change can be made and health influenced for years into the future.