Acupuncture can be used to treat many gynecological disorders by regulating hormone production.
Studies have shown that 30%-60% of women and at least 50% of women who are of childbearing age will experience fibrocystic breasts. These women develop noncancerous lumps in their breast tissue that are responsive to the fluctuating hormones of their menstrual cycle and can sometimes cause pain and swelling, especially in the days preceding their menses. Acupuncture and dietary changes can help to regulate and balance the hormone production to help this condition.
It is estimated that 43% of women and 31% of men report issues with their libido. Anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalances and anatomic issues can all contribute; most are treatable with acupuncture and Chinese herbs by regulate hormone production. Acupuncture can also help to improve the anxiety and regulate stress levels by promoting serotonin production.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective for reducing many of the symptoms that arise during menopause, including hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, weight gain and night sweats, thus helping to ease this natural transition.
Painful periods are very common among women; about 50% of women who are menstruating experience cramping and pain during their periods, and about 10% of those women have debilitating pain. Our patients are often thrilled to experience relief from their menstrual cramps from acupuncture treatments. We often see changes in the severity or the complete cessation of menstrual cramping within one to three months of implementing acupuncture treatment, Chinese herbs and appropriate dietary changes.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are very effective for treating premenstrual symptoms. Headaches, cramping, breast tenderness, bloating, moodiness, insomnia and changes in bowel movements can be resolved with regular acupuncture treatments. In combination with specific dietary changes, most women see an improvement in their PMS symptoms within one to three cycles.
Some women are prone to frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and can experience them regularly. While most UTIs should be treated by your doctor with antibiotics, over time, repeat doses of these drugs can interfere with digestion, create antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains and lead to other problems like yeast infections. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help women who are prone to UTIs prevent recurrence and treat symptoms before there is a full-blown infection.