Women’s Issues? Pregnant? PMT? Menopause? Infertility?
Many women have trouble at some point with their menstrual cycles, whether it be irregular cycles, heaviness, pain, PMT symptoms such as headaches and irritability, etc.
The menopause too can cause unwanted symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats and moodiness.
Endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, infertility etc can also cause distress.
Traditional acupuncture can be of great benefit for many of these symptoms, often working alongside conventional medicine, for example in supporting IVF treatment or during pregnancy.
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A Case History About PMT
Gill came to see us after a period of getting steadily worse cramps and lower body discomfort around the time of her period, together with much greater irritability and a craving for chocolate which she hardly looked at the rest of the time. Her symptoms seemed to stop as soon as her period started. She had seen her doctor who had reassured her that there was nothing seriously wrong, and recommended a course of tablets which she did not really want to take, preferring to try something which was not drug-driven.
It was very clear from the signs and observations which we use in Chinese medicine, taking the pulse at the wrist and looking at the tongue as well as many other observations, that the energy of her Liver energy, as understood in Chinese terms, was stagnant and blocked. This often leads to some acid indigestion in the patterns of diagnosis commonly in use and a few supplementary questions soon elicited that this was the case, as well as the feeling of something stuck in the top of the throat which people also frequently report.
Using simple treatment strategies we were able to improve the flow of her energies, and she reported that she felt much better over the next few months. Although she still felt a slight tendency to ‘edginess’, she also felt that sense of being ‘better in myself’ which patients often report.
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Debbie (32) decided to try acupuncture treatment for morning sickness after everything else failed. ‘I was starting to get worried. My first two pregnancies had been comfortable.. From the moment I woke up I felt nauseous, and could barely hold even a glass of water down.’
Debbie had read about the use of acupuncture for feeling nauseous in a childbirth book. ‘It wasn’t magic,’ she said, ‘it took three or four sessions to get to the point where I didn’t feel sick all the time, and my acupuncturist was very careful because I was pregnant. There’s no doubt it helped, though, and it seemed to help me to keep calm as well. A little girl, in case you wondered!’
Click here to link to BAcC Factsheet on Acupuncture and Female Fertility
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Click here to link to BAcC Factsheet on Acupuncture and Menopausal Symptoms