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Women's Health:
Menstruation, Pregnancy, and Menopause

Acupuncture and Women's Health
A woman's body goes through many cycles in the course of a lifetime. From the onset of puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, with many years of menstruation in between, a woman's body is in a constant state of change. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work to restore balance and overall vitality to women along any stage of their journey. Some of the more commonly treated conditions with Chinese medicine include: loss of menstrual flow, irregular menses, painful menses, heavy uterine bleeding, pre-menstrual syndrome, infertility, pregnancy-related conditions, frequent miscarriage, and the shift into menopause.

The ancient Chinese believed that the overall health of a woman can be judged by the regularity and harmony of her menstrual cycle. Achieving the correct rhythm, as well as a smooth menstrual flow, can prevent women from having to rely on artificial methods, such as the pill, to maintain healthy periods. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can also help with the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, which is a result of emotional and physical stagnation, or blockage, that accumulates and builds during the time before menstruation.

Pregnancy-Related Conditions
There are not many times in your life when you may be forced to grin and bear it through a health issue, but pregnancy may be one. It is typically a time when most women just "live with it" rather then face the unknown of a drug or treatment that may impact the health of her baby. Pregnancy is a time of many adjustments and changes in a woman's body, and traditional Chinese medicine can help you move more easily through these changes. Some of the more common complaints that we treat are lower back pain, sciatica, morning sickness, carpal tunnel, colds/flus, hemorrhoids, constipation, rashes, pre-eclampsia, and turning breech babies. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can also be essential in the recovery of postpartum depression and exhaustion.

Does anyone need to open a window? Unfortunately the natural transition of menopause is not smooth for many women, and some may experience hot flashes, night sweats, depression, anxiety, insomnia, vaginal dryness, or osteoporosis. Used in conjunction with each other, Chinese herbs and acupuncture can successfully boost a woman's yin-essences during this final stage of maturity.

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