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women's health and acupunctureAcupuncture and Chinese Herbs: Women's Health

The way your body handles your menstrual cycle phases can determine the quality and regularity of your periods, your fertility and later on your experience with menopause. These factors are taken into consideraton in determining the best course of treatment for you and your health goals. Each treatment is tailored to you and depends on how your hormonal system is presenting with conditions and symptoms related to women's health. Common women's health issues related to hormonal imbalances are painful periods, irregular menstrual cycles, no periods, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS/PMT), period cramping and infertility.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs: menstruation

Many girls starting their period are given the birth control pill to regulate their cycle and quality of their period. This method may help control their symptoms but does not necessarily treat the cause of their problem. Chinese medicine looks for the root reason your menstrual cycle is not in balance. Treatment focuses on the phases of your cycle and the cause of irregularity. An in depth questioning will determine the course of your treatment and potential outcomes will be discussed.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs: fertility, IUI, IVF

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are popular forms of Complementary Alternative Medicine in supporting fertility in men and women, whether trying to fall pregnant naturally or using IUI/IVF. In Chinese medicine there are various reasons why women struggle with falling pregnant, therefore Chinese medicine uses multiple approaches depending on the individual and their personal struggles. A holistic philosophy is used to carefully collect a symptom list with your medical, fertility and menstrual history. The phases of a woman's menstrual cycle are carefully recorded via questioning and Basal Body Temperature charting. Important changes during your menstruation are also recorded in order to gain a better understanding of your period pattern (ovulation and quantity/quality of cervical mucus). The goal of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is to support the regulating of your menstrual cycle and the phases of your fertility plan.

When do I start acupuncture during the IVF process?

Weekly acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal treatments are recommended ideally three months prior to starting your IVF or IUI cycle. During these three months the phases of your menstrual cycle are noted and treated accordingly. Although three months of preparation with IVF and acupuncture is ideal, it aims to support you during any stage of fertility prior to your IVF cycle. Often women will seek acupuncture during their two week waiting period and also for pre and post embryo transfer.

Acupuncture and pregnancy labour inductionAcupuncture and Pregnancy Labour Induction

Acupuncture be used to support the induction of labour if you are passed your due date, or if you are instructed by your providers to seek treatments prior to your due date. Specific acupuncture points are chosen for needling and gentle electric stimulation is applied to certain areas. Talk with your doctor or midwife about getting the approval to start alternative labour induction treatments.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs: menopause

Regarding menopause, a treatment plan will be made based on the type of symptoms you are experiencing and which ones are the most prominent (hot flushes, mood swings, dryness and others). Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions will be given in conjunction with acupuncture with a goal to address the temperature changes that are common during this time. Do you get sweats during the day more than night? Do you only sweat on the face and not the body? Does emotional stress trigger a hot flush? Have your appetite and mood changes been causing a increased feeling of stress and inability to cope?

Cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation

Acupuncture is an alternative to potentially harmful chemical facial injections and is becoming more popular in the treatment of dull and aging skin.


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