Acupuncture for Women’s Menstrual and Fertility Issues
Apr 30, 2015 12:38PM
Clinical experience indicates that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have helpful regulatory effects on the function of the endocrine system and are therefore useful in regulating the menstrual cycle. TCM provides treatment for menstrual irregularities including short or long cycle, heavy or scant bleeding.
The menstrual cycle should be regular, smooth and painless. The menstrual flow should be of sufficient volume, a rich, fresh color and free from clots. Painful periods, irregular cycles and any variation in the other descriptors indicate internal imbalances which can lead to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), endometriosis, difficult menopause, infertility and much more.
PMS arises because of imbalances that are triggered prior to a period. By regulating the menses and balancing the hormones, other symptoms associated with the menses such as abdominal pain, diarrhea or loose stools, headache, acne and mood changes can also disappear.
Stress is known to have a negative effect on the reproduction and menstrual cycle. As acupuncture aids in lowering stress hormones, which undermine fertility, it is thought to be a major mechanism influencing the reproductive function and account for fertility-boosting effects.
Nanie Carrillo is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, practitioner of Mei Zen Cosmetic acupuncture and massage therapist. She has a general family practice in Tucson. Connect with her at 520-979-7078, [email protected] or AcupunctureDelSoul.com. See ad, page 12.