Women’s Health/Hormonal Imbalance
Here at Lee Acupuncture and Functional Medicine Center, we treat a number of issues relating to women’s health. It’s our goal to help you feel better, and we’ll start with a relaxed consultation, a review of your medical history, pulse diagnosis, and a discussion of our findings and recommended treatments.
Conditions we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Menstrual Cramps, Excessive Bleeding, and Amenorrhea
- Postpartum Depression
Treating fertility with acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine has been recorded in our ancient texts, and even on the backs of turtle shells, for thousands of years. How can this age-old medicine make such a difference? In the last five years, modern empirical scientific research methods have validated these
results and the science behind many studies reveals that:
- Chinese medical theory states that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, which dramatically improves a woman’s response to the hormonal therapy.
- Acupuncture has been shown to regulate hormone levels by moderating the release of beta-endorphin levels in the brain, which improves the release of gonadatrophin- releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, follicle-stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and estrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary.
- Acupuncture reduces stress and a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system response.
- Acupuncture has been speculated to moderate cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin levels in the uterus, reducing uterine motility to improve implantation rates.
- The American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility & Sterility Journal recommends utilizing acupuncture in conjunction with assisted reproductive technology.
Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertility and Sterility vol. 77, no. 4, April 2002. Clinical pregnancies
- Acupuncture Group: 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) successfully became pregnant
- Control group: 21 of 80 patients (26.3%) successfully became pregnant
- CONCLUSION: Acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving assisted reproduction therapy pregnancy rate.
Are you suffering from widespread musculoskeletal pain all over the body? Do you often wake up during sleep because of pain? Do you still feel tired even if you have slept or rested for long hours? Do you have a hard time concentrating on your work? Do you often feel anxious, sad or irritated easily?
Researchers believe that repeated nerve stimulation causes fibromyalgia, which further amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way brain processes pain signals. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters). In addition, the brain’s pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.
Why choose Lee Acupuncture for fibromyalgia acupuncture treatment?
Widely trusted by local physicians, we have treated many fibromyalgia cases successfully since 2002. Between May 2012 and March 2013, we conducted a study of acupuncture’s effectiveness in relieving physical and emotional problems among fibromyalgia patients. Participants received 8 or 16 week acupuncture treatments with 30 minute per session, twice per week along with their routine medication. Four needle techniques were performed along with Master Tung’s Points. Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR) made by Robert M. Bennett Group was used to measure improvements of condition before and after acupuncture treatment. Significant findings were reduction in depression, anxiety, physical pain, muscle stiffness; and increase in memory, sleeping quality, self-rated feelings of well-being and life quality in general.
Lee Acupuncture has the solutions for you!
Contact us to start a holistic therapy journey with a comprehensive conversation with one of our skilled practitioners!
MENOPAUSE – Hot Flashes, Night Sweating, Mood Swings
A comparison of acupuncture and oral estradiol treatment of vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women. Climacteric. 2004 Jun; 7(2):153-64.
Acupuncture is a viable alternative treatment of vasomotor symptoms in post-menopausal women, as demonstrated by the decrease in number of hot flashes during the 24-week follow-up period.
Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period. Menopause is a natural biological process, not a medical illness! This means that a healthy woman can — and should — be able to go through this natural biological process without the bothersome symptoms often associated with menopause. The physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can disrupt sleep, fatigue and — at least
indirectly — trigger feelings of sadness, irritability and loss.
Chinese medicine has been treating menopause for at least 2,000 years. Patients can expect the main symptoms of night sweating and hot flashes to be gone fairly quickly. The emotional upset during menopause is treated effectively with traditional Chinese herbal medicine. In short, women suffering from menopause can expect an improvement in their symptoms by using traditional Chinese medicine.
Menstrual disorders are among the most common complaints that we treat daily. Whether the problem is amenorrhea (no period), excessive bleeding, or pain and cramping during menses, these problems are easily remedied with traditional Chinese Medicine. Pain during menses is almost always due to poor blood circulation in the lower abdomen and ended up creating restriction of nutrition and relaxation. This can be caused by vaso-spasms in the vessels of the lower abdomen, excessive cold in thelower abdomen, fibroid cysts, or a disease known as endometriosis.All of these conditions are usually improved through a series of acupuncture visits and the useof traditional Chinese herbal medicine and medical nutritional supplements.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms thattypically occur about 5-11 days before a woman starts monthly menstrual cycle.In traditional Chinese medicine theory, PMS is almost always attributable to poor blood flowthrough the liver at the time of menses.Encouraging better circulation through the hepatic artery, which delivers 70% of the blood tothe liver, can be very effective in relieving PMS. The Chinese discovered almost 2,500 years ago that emotional upset, in most cases, is a result of poor circulation through the liver. Over the centuries, the Chinese developed several methods in increasing blood flow to and through this vital organ. Once the liver is functioning properly, the emotional up-and-downs are greatly reduced.