Acupuncture for women
In China, acupuncture has been used for promoting women’s health for centuries, and complaints such as premenstrual tension, period pains, menopause symptoms are all seen as treatable disorders. Here in the West too, women are now finding that acupuncture can be an effective remedy for a wide range of conditions.
Over the past twenty years, fertility problems have increased dramatically. At least 25 per cent of couples in the UK have trouble conceiving, and more and more couples are turning to fertility treatments to help them start a family.
Research has found that fertility-focused acupuncture can help to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, balance hormone levels, regulate the menstrual cycle and help improve the lining of the uterus and quality of eggs released.
It is increasingly recognized that acupuncture has a part to play in treating menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and mood swings. Many women turn to acupuncture because of the low risk of side-effects compared to other forms of treatment such as HRT.
Endometriosis is a condition in which small pieces of the womb lining grow outside the womb in places such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder and bowel. Common symptoms include painful and irregular period cycles, pain during sex, abdominal bloating, depression and a lack of energy. In some cases, endometriosis can also lead to fertility problems (see above).
Many women with endometriosis have found that acupuncture can greatly reduce symptoms. As well as relieving pain, acupuncture can help balance the monthly hormonal cycle and regulate periods.