Age Old Chinese Treatments and Herbal Medicines Can Effectively Combat a Number of Common Women’s Health Conditions
Irregular and painful periods – and the concomitant PMS (see Premenstrual Syndrome below) – are a common problem that often begins in adolescence as soon as menstruation begins (menarche). Hormonal imbalances (ratios of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormones) are often to blame.
However, because acupuncture can activate and regulate the function of the internal organs, healthy hormonal balance can be achieved and the rhythm of normal, pain-free periods and menstrual cycles can be established or re-established.
Menopausal & peri-menopausal complaints (hot flashes, dryness, mood swings)
In the language of Chinese medicine, hot flashes represent a disruption of the coordinated interaction of Yin and Yang – in this case, between cold and heat, moisture and dryness.
Acupuncture and special medicinal herbs and foods can restore stability by adjusting circulation, replenishing moisture and fluid secretions, eliminating excess heat, and calming the nervous system.
Together these methods help to “nourish the Yin” elements of the body (blood, fluids, marrow, internal secretions) and restore the vigour of the Kidney Network, which governs the reproductive system.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
According to Chinese medicine, the menstrual cycle is regulated primarily by the Kidney and Liver Networks. The Kidney Network is said to govern the organs of reproduction, as well as fluid balance and metabolism, while the Liver Network manages the volume, pressure, and quality of circulating blood, as well as the contraction and relaxation of muscles and nerves.
PMS is often characterized by swelling of the abdomen and sometimes the hands and feet; uterine cramps before the period begins; headache, often coupled with or arising from muscle tension in the neck and upper back; weakness and aching of the low back and legs; irritability, sensitivity, moodiness, labile emotions, and diminished ability to focus or concentrate.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietary adjustments will improve the function of the Kidney and Liver Networks and effectively reduce or eliminate the symptoms of PMS.
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