Acupuncture for Menstrual Cycle Regulation
Most women will suffer some type of irregular periods, whether it is the length of their cycle or irregular symptoms. In western medicine, irregular cycles and symptoms are often treated with contraceptive pills. These pills, however, are not addressing the cause of the issue. They are merely regulating the cycle while the patient is on medication, and the cycle will likely revert back to being irregular after the medication is stopped.
Acupuncture is an alternative solution to irregular menstrual cycles that does not involve the use of drugs and actually addresses the issue at hand.
Menstrual cycles occur when the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus thickens and then sheds in response to hormonal changes. Shifts in hormones are driven by a feedback loop between the brain, the ovaries, and the uterus.
The menstrual cycle is an extremely complex process with plenty of chances for things to go awry. Consequently, disruptions in the frequency of periods are quite common. Our Kelowna Acupuncture Team offer vast range of women’s pain issue treatments.
Symptoms of Irregular Menstrual Cycles Menstrual cycles are a good indicator of how well the body is functioning and if there are any underlying conditions that need immediate attention. In general, women with irregular periods may experience:
Unpredictable changes between period dates each month
Shifts in the amount of blood each period changing from light to heavy or vice versa
Random spotting throughout the month
Symptoms of menstrual disorders may include:
Excessive pain or cramping
Mood disorders including anxiety and depression
How Can Acupuncture Help?
By regulating the flow of blood and energy, or “Qi”, acupuncture can balance hormones of the ovarian and uterine cycles. A registered acupuncturist is able to sync these two cycles together to reduce menstrual irregularities.
Acupuncture treatments effectively improve menstrual cycles in several ways, including:
Balancing the hypothalamus, which in turn regulates the pituitary gland and its release of fertility hormones
Improving energy levels thereby improving hypothalamic pituitary ovarian regulation
Adjusting AMH (anti-müllerian hormone) levels
Regulating insulin, thereby normalizing testosterone levels
Improving the flow of uterine blood to the uterine lining
The Nervous System Regulation
Immune System Regulation
Reducing high stress levels—a common cause of menstrual issues
Promoting ovulation by balancing hormones and improving blood flow
These Treatments can also help if you struggle with:
Pelvic pain from endometriosis. Endometriosis is often associated with swelling and severe pain. It can be debilitating. Fortunately, acupuncture causes the brain to stimulate your body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals and improve blood flow.
As a result, your pain will decrease and the improved circulation will reduce swelling.
Fertility. If you are struggling to conceive, it could be due to stress disrupting your fertility hormones. Having an irregular menstrual cycle can also affect your likelihood of getting pregnant. Acupuncture can help lessen your stress and regulate your cycle to address these issues.
Menopause/Perimenopause symptoms. Menopause comes with a variety of uncomfortable symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia.
These symptoms can be exacerbated by stress, anxiety, and changes in your hormones. With acupuncture, your hormonal imbalances will be targeted so you can stress less and sleep better. Research has also shown that acupuncture can reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
Acupuncture can be effective as a stand alone therapy to achieve cycle regulation. If you’re looking to minimize symptoms associated with irregular menstrual cycles, consider having acupuncture treatment.
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