Did you know that about 6% of married women in the US aged 15 to 44 are unable to get pregnant, and 12% have difficulty getting pregnant? Are you aware that more than half of US women of menstruating age have painful periods? Did you also know that hot flashes occur in 75% of menopausal women in this country? Female health conditions, such as infertility, hormonal imbalances, menstrual problems, PMS, and menopause can have profound effects on a woman’s wellbeing and quality of life.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a form of health care that truly shines in the treatment of female health issues. Good health, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is defined as highly nutritious, oxygenated blood coursing through the body. This uninhibited flow of healthy blood is essential for our organs, glands, brains, muscles, and ligaments to receive the nourishment they need to thrive. For menstruating females, healthy blood flow is extremely important to ensure normal menstruation with minimal pain and discomfort. When the blood becomes stagnant and inhibited, cramping and pain will occur during the menstrual cycle. If the blood stagnation becomes severe enough, some women stop experiencing regular periods altogether.
Traditional Chinese Medicine considers certain body organ’s strength and vitality to be essential for female health and wellbeing. The energy of the kidneys/adrenals are responsible for proper hormonal and reproductive activity. If weak, there may be infertility, low libido, and menopausal symptoms. The energy of the liver stores and circulates blood throughout the body. If weak, amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), or dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) can arise. The spleen and pancreas play a major role in producing blood from the breakdown of the food we eat. If weakened, a woman’s body doesn’t have enough blood to allow for normal menstruation and hormonal activity.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments greatly improve the healthy circulation of blood in the body, which enables women to enjoy normal menstrual cycles and strong fertility. It also helps to strengthen and harmonize the different organs and glands of the body so that there is optimal functioning of the hormonal and nervous systems. Consider Traditional Chinese Medicine if you or someone you love is suffering from female health issues.
Eric Carpenter, Licensed Acupuncturist