A woman's body goes through many cycles in the course of a lifetime. From the onset of puberty, to pregnancy, and finally menopause, with years of menstruation in between, a woman's body and hormones are in a constant state of change. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can restore balance at any stage of a woman's life. TCM has been proven to have a positive effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, the body's mechanism that is responsible for keeping the female reproductive system in balance.
Women's health issues respond exceptionally well to TCM. Today, traditional protocols are combined with advances in Western medical science to maximize the success of treatments. Most gynecological conditions can be brought under control in three to six menstrual cycles.
Some of the many women's health conditions that TCM treats are: Amenorrhea (absent periods), Dysmenorrhea (painful periods), Irregular periods, Long periods, Heavy periods, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Endometriosis, Fibroids, Thyroid conditions, Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Genital herpes, Genital warts (HPV), Cervical dysplasia, Hormonal migraines, Chronic yeast infections AND Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).
Chinese Medicine can help to improve fertility in many ways: Increase blood flow to the uterus, Improve ovary function to produce better quality eggs, Regulate hormones to increase follicle production, Relax the patient and decrease their stress, Prevent uterine contractions, Mitigate side effects of drugs used in Assisted Reproductive Therapies, Strengthen the immune system, Treat and prevent habitual miscarriage and Improve semen quality: count, motility and morphology.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine often provide natural relief for symptoms associated with declining hormone levels. The combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Significant relief from menopausal issues can be achieved in as little as a few treatments.
Acupuncture can reduce the discomfort of the following menopausal symptoms: Hot flashes, Night sweats, Spontaneous sweating, Mood changes, Dryness, Insomnia, Fatigue, Decreased libido and Weight gain.
The following studies illustrate the effectiveness of TCM for women's health conditions:
• A 2002 study published in The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine focused on women diagnosed with painful periods due to endometriosis. The results showed that 81% of the women had significantly less pain with their periods after receiving acupuncture.
• A 2008 study of 649 women with dysmenorrhea (painful periods) found that a significant number of women reported a large decrease in pain and an improvement in the quality of life after 3 months of acupuncture.
• A 2002 study on women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) found that 78% of participants who received a four-week course of acupuncture experienced a significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety, irritability, headache, breast pain, insomnia, bloating, nausea, and gastrointestinal disorders.
• A 1999 study found that TCM is a very effective treatment for menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, sweating, insomnia, and anxiety. Hot flashes decreased by 35% and insomnia by 50% in women who received acupuncture and herbs for seven weeks. Another study done in 2010 found that acupuncture had a marked clinical improvement in hot flashes and menopause-related symptoms in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Other studies show that acupuncture therapies are better than hormone therapy for reducing menopause-related symptoms.