Women’s Health has been studied by the Chinese for hundreds of years. The Yellow Emperor’s Medicine Classic described the anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and diseases that were specific to women over 2000 years ago. For generations since, scholars and practitioners have continued to explore and consolidate the knowledge of women’s related health problems.
Your menstrual cycle is a good indicator on how well your body is functioning. When functioning correctly the menstrual cycle should be regular and symptom-free.
Symptoms like irregular cycles, PMT, painful periods, clotting, flooding, lack of bleeding, bloating, headache or irritability, could indicate that something is out of balance.
Regular acupuncture throughout your pregnancy may be beneficial for mother and baby and may help promote a natural and smooth labour and delivery.
Acupuncture has been used for many centuries to provide assistance to the health of mothers and growing babies.
Acupuncture in the first trimester may help calm and relax women, and there is some evidence that acupuncture may assist with pregnancy related nausea and vomiting. Many women use acupuncture through out their pregnancy to help with lower back and pubic pain.
I usually recommend weekly acupuncture from week 35-36 as it may assist women to prepare emotionally and physically for the birthing process.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture may support recovery, as well as restore energy after childbirth.
Why do many western women experience problems during menopause?
Menopause marks the end of women’s reproductive years due to hormonal changes.
Chinese medicine views menopause as a transition, not a problem. It is viewed not as a sudden event, but as a process that has been happening slowly throughout a woman’s life from birth.
The severity of symptoms experienced are influenced by a lifetime of diet and life-style choices. Symptoms can include menstrual cycle irregularities, hot flushes, night sweats, increasing emotional fragility, insomnia, loss of libido, weight gain or vaginal dryness. These hormonal changes may also contribute to developing osteoporosis and atheroscolosis.
HOW CAN I HELP
I will usually talk with you about the importance your diet and your life style, then go on to discuss possible ways you can make better food choices, reduce your stress, talk to you about importance of sleep and rest, all of which may possibly play a role in your current symptoms.
I take a holistic view which includes both a Western as well as Chinese diagnosis. This provides a more comprehensive overview for improved results.
It is important that your doctor knows if you are taking any Chinese herbs.