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Acupuncture For Women: From Menstruation to Menopause

From menstruation to menopause, a woman’s body undergoes many changes during their life that can cause problems such as menstrual cramps, mood swings, nausea, and body aches. Acupuncture can help manage these issues.

The ancient Chinese practice has been used for thousands of years to manage pain and stress resulting from health conditions, injury, trauma, and physical changes during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

Acupuncture has been growing in popularity with each passing year. It is estimated that around ten million acupuncture treatments are administered in the country annually.

In San Francisco, acupuncturists use acupuncture for women’s health to help with specific women’s health issues that are triggered by hormonal and physical changes that occur during different life stages.

Many healthcare experts believe that acupuncture treatment can be a great addition to a woman’s healthcare plan. Unlike traditional medicine that attempts to mask the symptoms of health problems, acupuncture gets to their root and treats them.

Painful, heavy, and irregular periods, among other problems, are often triggered by lifestyle choices. In addition to administering acupuncture treatment to their patients, acupuncturists may suggest lifestyle changes. This may include replacing poor lifestyle habits with positive small changes to prevent recurrence of problems.

Acupuncture can help address the following problems that women experience in different stages of their life cycle.

➢ Menstrual issues: Many women of childbearing age experience menstrual cramps, irregular periods, headaches, and mood swings. Acupuncture can help address these problems by improving blood flow, balancing hormones, and reducing stress

➢ Fertility problems: Many women of childbearing age face difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. Such women can use acupuncture as a standalone treatment or as an adjunct to popular fertility treatments such as IVF and IUI to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Acupuncture works by reducing stress and preparing the uterine lining for childbirth

➢ Hot flashes and other problems during menopause: With menopause often comes hot flashes, sleep problems, and night sweats. These problems can be compounded by anxiety, stress, and hormonal imbalances. Studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes. It can also reduce stress by stimulating the nervous system to release endorphins and flushing out unwanted chemicals such as cortisol from the body

➢ Pelvic pain from endometriosis: The exact cause of endometriosis is not known. Many experts believe it is caused by retrograde menstruation in which menstrual blood containing endometrial cells flows back into the body. Endometriosis can cause intense and debilitating pelvic pain. Acupuncture helps lessen the intensity of pelvic pain and inflammation caused by endometriosis. It improves blood circulation and stimulates the brain to release natural pain-relieving chemicals

Whether you are grappling with pain or experiencing menstrual problems, Anchor Acupuncture can help. We are on a mission to help women struggling with health issues get their health back on track. To make an appointment, call (415) 855-3112.

Amanda Moler is a licensed acupuncturist and certified fertility acupuncturist (FABORM), serving San Francisco, CA.  Her educational background includes receiving a bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Antioch College in 2001 and in 2010, her master’s degree from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2008, she also attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, IL for education on acupuncture and oriental medicine. Asa Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, she has gained recognition for treating complex women fertility cases, providing guidance on painful side-effects of drugs, hormones, and maintaining the overall well-being of women. Follow Anchor Acupuncture and Amanda Moler on Facebook , Instagram, LinkedIn.