How can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture can stimulate the body’s hormonal system to secrete the right hormones at the right time in a woman’s cycle. Whether you have painful, irregular or heavy periods, no periods, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, menopausal symptoms or other abnormalities, acupuncture can help. The use of acupuncture and herbs can bring your cycle into harmony. The information gathered from the menstrual cycle paints a picture of a women’s state of health.
How many sessions will I need?
It takes 3 to 6 months of acupuncture and herbs for any gynaecological issue to be resolved, and in some situations it may take a year or more.
Most women do notice some obvious changes within the first month of treatment.
What about conceiving?
If your goal is to become pregnant, regulating your cycle to encourage conception is the first step.
When your cycle is in balance your fertility is at its highest potential.
Once pregnancy is achieved, a minimum of one treatment per month is recommended: each month a different system becomes active in the fetus and can be strengthened through treating the mother.
At around 36-38 weeks, when it is safe for labour to occur, different acupuncture points and herbs are used to prepare the body for delivery and to help induce labour in a natural pain-free way.
After delivery is referred to as the Golden Month in Chinese medicine. Treatment focuses on using herbs and acupuncture to rebuild and strengthen the body after delivery. Healthy cycle, healthy pregnancy, healthy delivery and baby, and a strengthened healthy mother afterwards.
What can I do to make treatment most effective?
Charting your cycles is a very helpful tool in diagnosing hormone imbalances.
Charting involves taking your temperature and checking cervical fluid and the position of your cervix daily. Your health is your responsibility: your practitioner is fully committed to your health and you need to be too. If you are prescribed herbs it is crucial that you take them as prescribed. Take time for yourself and be patient. Know that your menstrual health is a reflection of overall health. Imbalance is our body’s way of communicating with us:listening is the first step to finding balance.
Find balance in your cycle. When your cycles are healthy, you are healthy.