Hormones are chemical messengers that control and coordinate different activities throughout the body. A hormonal imbalance occurs when there is excess or too little of a hormone in the body.
Some common reasons for hormonal imbalances include chronic stress, an underactive or overactive thyroid, high cortisol levels, and eating disorders. People with type-1 and type-2 diabetes, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, and people with tumors are also at increased risk.
Some symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include abnormal weight gain or weight loss, sweating, increased sensitivity to heat or cold, increased hunger and thirst, hot flashes, frequent urination, and muscle weakness.
A hormonal imbalance can indicate an underlying health issue that can wreak havoc on your body if left untreated.
There are several treatment options for people with hormonal imbalances. There are, however, debilitating side effects of medicines and procedures used to treat hormonal imbalances. Synthetic hormones used for treating menopause, for example, may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and certain types of cancer.
Many people are now turning to acupuncture to treat or manage their hormonal imbalances as it is safe and effective. The ancient Chinese practice involves inserting paper-thin needles through the patient’s skin at strategic points on their body.
Acupuncturists get trained to locate and place needles at key channels to stimulate specific organs and correct energy flow.
Your acupuncturist will evaluate your condition and qi flow through different methods, including saliva and pulse testing. Based on their findings, the professional will select the appropriate meridians and points for the imbalances uncovered.
When designing a customized treatment plan for you, your acupuncturist will consider every factor, including age, sex, medical history, lifestyle, diet, and weight.
Your acupuncturist may recommend diet and lifestyle changes and/or adds certain exercises to your treatment plan.
Acupuncture balances cortisol levels and regulates adrenal function. It relieves stress, helping balance hormones.
In a study, researchers analyzed 31 randomized control trials (total-2,433 participants). They found that acupuncture has a regulatory effect on three hormones, reducing sleep problems, increasing estrogen levels, and reducing follicle-stimulating hormones (in patients with high FSH levels).
Many women with fertility issues due to a hormonal imbalance use acupuncture to regulate sex hormones.
Anchor Acupuncture is a leading acupuncture clinic in San Francisco. Our acupuncturists have their patients’ best interests at heart. We know that one size doesn’t fit all. Our team will create a customized acupuncture treatment plan for you. If you are looking for an acupuncture treatment plan in San Francisco that meets your requirements, call and make an appointment now at 415-855-3112.