Most women can relate to the discomfort and frustration that accompanies menstrual cramps and pre-menstrual symptoms. Known as dysmenorrhea at its most intense, menstrual cramps often come with a range of other ailments, including bloating, heavy bleeding, and migraines.
Western medicine has very little to offer to treat these disrupting symptoms, leaving women with few options other than anti-inflammatory medications that can cause long-term health problems. Fortunately, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help.
Acupuncture utilises the traditional Chinese concept of qi, or life force, to explain why the menstrual cycle can cause so much pain and discomfort. When qi is not flowing correctly through the body, a range of health problems can emerge. Acupuncture has been used to treat hormonal difficulties related to the menstrual cycle for thousands of years, and it provides a safe and effective alternative to the risky medications many women use to reduce pain.
By carefully inserting small, sterile acupuncture needles into particular meridian points around the body, an acupuncturist can redirect the flow of qi through your body, reducing cramping in the uterus and increasing blood flow to the organ. This can relax the muscles, provide effective and lasting pain relief, and release endorphins which improve mood and reduce pain. Just as many women find that applying a hot water bottle or heating pad to their lower stomach during their period lowers their pain levels, acupuncture increases the amount of warm energy around the uterus and treats the symptoms at their core.
Hormone imbalances are often to blame for menstrual cramps and other symptoms that arise around the menstrual cycle. When prescribed by an experienced practitioner, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can work together to regulate your body’s hormones and restore you to a more balanced and healthy state of being. Unlike synthetic drugs and other Western treatments, acupuncture does this by using your body’s natural energy sources, providing fast and lasting relief.
Acupuncture frees up the vital energy in your body to allow harmonious flow and balance around your entire system. This can relieve the anxiety, depression and irritability that many women struggle with around menstruation, and treat a number of more severe menstrual disorders. Many women who have battled for years with disorders like endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, and severe PMS with no safe solution to their problem find relief through traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture provides a tried and tested, safe solution with minimal side effects.