Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a long history in the treatment of women’s health. The earliest writings date from the Shang Dynasty, 1500 B.C.E. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Internal Medicine has extensive references to the Uterus (Bai Mai) and its centrality to women’s health and its connection to the Heart and Kidneys. Other classics dealt extensively with women’s health as related to their menstrual cycles, fertility, and pregnancy. Ancient Materia Medica describe herbs and herbal formulas to enhance fertility, ease menopausal symptoms, and smooth out the menstrual cycle.
So what can Chinese medicine do for you? Chinese medicine is adept at treating menstrual issues: too long, too short, painful, scanty, or infrequent. Often, young women are put on birth control pills to regulate painful or irregular periods. Acupuncture and herbs might be a better first choice of treatment.
Fertility: Acupuncture treatments regulate the whole body and specifically the menstrual cycle. Fertility issues may have a variety of causes, not all of which may be amenable to improvement by acupuncture (physical anomalies), but acupuncture will reduce the anxiety and stress associated with fertility treatment.
Perimenopause/Menopause: Chinese medicine treats menopause as a time of transition as the Kidney Yin and Yang slowly decrease as we age. Chinese medicine, especially herbal medicine, is helpful in addressing the symptoms of menopause: insomnia, irritability, brain fog, joint pain, hot flashes, and night sweats.
Disorders such as endometriosis, PCOS… The regulating effect of acupuncture is useful in alleviating these disorders of dis-regulation. I have found that the collaboration with the patient’s regular medical practitioner can be particularly helpful. While these conditions may require conventional medications, acupuncture can improve treatment outcomes.