Many women experience very distressing symptoms such as menstrual pain, mood swing, anger, depression, periods that are too long, or too short, or too heavy or too scanty. All these issues are often due to an hormonal imbalance. Often women feel like their bodies have let us down, are resigned to their fate and frustrated by it. This is where acupuncture comes into its own, by bringing the hormones back in balance in a natural and effective way.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition in which patches of endometrial tissue, which normally found only in the uterine lining (endometrium) grow outside the uterus. Endometriosis can be asymptomatic or can be associated with pelvic pain, pelvic mass, painful, heavy periods, painful intercourse.

In a study published in the December 2002 issue of The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers selected 67 women diagnosed with dysmenorrhea (painful periods) due to endometriosis. It was reported that 81% of these women had less painful periods after receiving the acupuncture treatments. Research shows that acupuncture promotes blood circulation and regulates the endocrine system. Acupuncture can significantly reduce endometriosis symptoms and support fertility where the endometriosis is not impairing the physical anatomy of the womb.

Absent Periods/Irregular Cycles

Amenorrhoea is the absence of menstruation either because it never began (primary amenorrhea) or it stopped at some point (secondary amenorrhea). Western medicine may treat absent periods/irregular cycles with ovulation inducing drugs such as Clomiphene. Acupuncture is used successfully for the treatment of amenorrhea.

PCOS

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is characterised by multiple abnormal cysts in the ovaries. It may cause absent or irregular periods, absent or irregular ovulation, infertility, weight gain, excess body hair, acne/oily skin. Luteinising Hormone (LH) is often elevated higher than FSH in a woman with PCOS, and remains elevated throughout the cycle. Acupuncture is used to treat PCOS very successfully.

Menopause

Menopause occurs naturally at an average age of 50 and involves the natural cessation of menstruation. Menopausal women may feel warm or hot and may perspire, sometimes profusely and experience hot flushes.

Symptoms including fatigue, irritability, insomnia, inability to concentrate, depression, memory loss, headache, anxiety, and nervousness, sleep disruption, fatigue and irritability. Intermittent dizziness, palpitations may occur. Nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, cold hands and feet, and weight gain are also common. The large reduction in oestrogen leads to changes in the lower genital tract. Women tend to lose pelvic muscle tone and to develop urinary incontinence, cystitis, vaginitis, and loss of libido. Acupuncture is also successfully used in case of menopause.
 

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