From the onset of menstruation through menopause, balancing the cycle and hormones is critical to a woman’s quality of life and overall well-being. In Chinese Medicine, menstrual irregularities indicate imbalance in the energetic systems involved in reproduction and the aging process. The following are some common imbalances experienced:
- PMS, moodiness, depression, anxiety
- Irregular periods
- Ovarian cysts
- Fibroids, polyps
- Heavy or scanty periods
- Amenorrhea (no periods)
- Painful periods
- Digestive irregularities
- Acne around cycle
For a woman to be healthy, youthful, and vibrant, the body and all her systems must be in balance. With acupuncture, herbs, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle shifts, our practitioners can assist in you in finding balance.
Acupuncture regulates the endocrine system and balances the body to help reduce anxiety, alleviate fatigue and nausea, and provide a stabilizing effect on the body. Many of our fertility clients who get pregnant will continue to receive treatments weekly during the first trimester.
Acupuncture regulates the digestive, nervous, and endocrine systems and helps to alleviate hemorrhoids, heartburn, edema (swelling), and stress. We recommend once or twice a month treatments during this time.
Acupuncture regulates the musculoskeletal system to provide relief from backache, pubicbone pain, sciatica, joint pain, and carpal tunnel. Treatments also encourage proper positioning of the baby for birth and help to optimize labor. We will also help the Qi move to assist the induction process at 39 or 40 weeks. We recommend Pre-Birth Preparation treatments (see below) during this time.
Chinese Medicine practitioners have been safely turning breech babies for thousands of years with an easy, effective technique using moxibustion, which is the use of the herb Mugwort over acupuncture points. In a study published by Journal of American Medical Association, researchers concluded that moxibustion performed for one or two weeks starting in the 33-week of pregnancy is an effective and safe method for converting breech presentations in first-time pregnancies.
At Source Healing, we have had great results with women coming in for breech treatments anywhere from 33 weeks through 39 weeks. We can perform the 30-60 minute treatments here at the clinic up to five days in a row until the baby turns (and then another five days in a row, if it hasn’t).
Women in the past used to gather together in villages and assist one another with birth stories and experiences of how normal birthing is to a woman’s body. Because of the modern nuclear family, women have lost that support from other women, stories about birth, mental and emotional support that was built into the community and etched as a natural process into the psyche of expectant mothers from childhood. As a result of the modern disconnect with our bodies and each other, many women rush around until the last minute, many times not in tune with the pregnancy, stressed and anxious about the unknown changes to come, and disconnected from an important and natural process called birthing.
At Source Healing, we continue the pre-natal care to support you physically, emotionally, and mentally for the process of birthing. Through the process, we reconnect you to your body to instill a greater sense of calm and confidence in your body’s ability to move through this process called birth. We support all women regardless of choice of birthing styles.
We recommend coming in during weeks 33 or 34 for weekly acupuncture treatments until you give birth. At 40 weeks, we can also assist in the labor induction process naturally.
Postpartum is a critical time for a woman to allow for full recovery of the body. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs during postpartum can balance hormones and can rectify menstrual irregularities. This is a crucial time for getting your body’s balance back on track, which can make a difference in how easy it is to get pregnant again and how smoothly you body transitions into menopause.
Not only can treatments restore balance to a mother’s body and energy levels after the stress of birth, it has also been used for thousands of years to alleviate the following symptoms:
- Postpartum blues, anxiety
- Postpartum aching, backache
- Dizziness, fatigue, bleeding, anemia
- Mastitis, lactation issues
In Chinese Medicine, the postpartum period and the care a woman receives is an investment in the future health of the mother.
We recommend a new mother comes in one month after she has given birth and comes in every other week for two months, then once a month until the baby turns one. See the blog about the first month after birth.
Menopause should be a natural and smooth transition when menstruation simply ceases. This time for a woman is seen as an exchange in reproductive energy for wisdom and spiritual energy…or “jing for shen”. When the body is out of balance, this transition during perimenopause (pre-menopause) can be extremely difficult and unpleasant. Treatments balance the body so that this transition can be made smoothly, without the symptoms of disharmony many women experience such as:
- Night sweats, hot flashes
- Moods swings, emotional instability
- Insomnia, headaches
- Increased anxiety, depression
- Low libido, weight gain, fatigue
- Dryness, hair loss
- Irregular periods, heavy bleeding
- Lack of focus, short term memory
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and nutritional and lifestyle shifts have been used for thousands of years to smooth the pathway into the years of greater wisdom and freedom.
Depending on the severity of symptoms, we see the best results with continued care for three months of weekly treatments, herbs, supplements, and dietary shifts.