Gynecology Others

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine helps women at all stages and ages!

Medical research and clinic evidence show that most women’s health issues can be overcome solely or primarily by the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine. For many years, Dr. Peter GU has found, both through his research and practical experience, that acupuncture and herbal medicine has been extremely effective in dealing with a wide variety of conditions by empowering the mind and the body’s own healing response. More and more of his patients are exploring acupuncture and herbal medicine as an alternative path to health and well-being and are experiencing positive results.
For women in early life, acupuncture and herbal medicine greatly enhance vitality and prevent and/or eliminate stagnation of energy, which is one of major causes of menstrual cramps, fibroid tumors, PMS, endometriosis, etc.

For women trying to get pregnant, acupuncture and herbal medicine promote conception by boosting blood flow to the pelvic organs, providing them with better nourishment, normalizing FSH levels, balancing estrogen and progesterone levels and improving and strengthening the lining of the uterus. Thus promoting conception and a healthy, full-term pregnancy .

For women in menopause, acupuncture and herbal medicine not only eliminate hot flashes, night sweats and sugar cravings, promote weight loss and better sleep patterns, relieve pain and emotional stress, and stabilize mood swings, they also minimize osteoporosis and poor mental function. Studies show that both acupuncture and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) produce comparable changes in estrogen levels, but only acupuncture increases the level of both thyroid stimulating hormone, which speeds up metabolism, and testosterone (male hormone), which may help prevent breast cancer and bone density loss.

The History

Traditional Gynecology has a long history within Chinese Medicine; many records of historical gynecological writing date back to 1500 BC. Since 1949, the combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Gynecological Medicine has been emphasized throughout eastern and western cultures.
Exterior pathogenic factors can have a significant influence on gynecological problems. These include pathogens such as cold, damp and heat, along with emotional stress, diet, overwork, pregnancy and childbirth. Chinese Medicine has always emphasized holistic care, which includes acupuncture and herbs along with dietary modifications, stress reduction, exercise, psycho spiritual and other whole health changes.
Chinese Medicine has been very effective in treatment for the following conditions:

  • Fertility Issues
  • PMS, including difficult and changing menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Childbirth and Labor
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Menopause and Peri-menopause

Fertility Issues

Studies have shown that acupuncture relaxes the uterus and can reduce blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries, both of which support conception. Many subtle hormonal changes can affect our ability to conceive. Acupuncture is known to have a positive effect on FSH and other hormones related to fertility.
A recent study(1) conducted by the Christian-Lauritzen-Institut in Ulm, Germany evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture during Assisted Reproduction Therapy (ART). A total of 160 healthy women undergoing treatment with IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) were recruited. Each person in the experimental group (80) received acupuncture before and after embryo transfer. The analysis showed that the pregnancy rate for the acupuncture group was considerably higher than for the control group (42.5% vs. 26.3%).
Acupuncture can also have a direct effect on reducing stress for women who are undergoing fertility challenges. When under stress, our body goes into protective mode and begins to fend off pregnancy. Blood flow, which normally goes to the uterus, is flooding the muscles as a response to the “flight or fight” reaction to stress.
Whether you are just starting to think about getting pregnant, or have been trying to conceive for any length of time, acupuncture can offer wonderful support, treating both the mind and the body.
(1) Stener-Vectorin, E, Waldenstrom U, Andersson SA, Wikland M. Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Hum Reprod 1996; 11:1314-7