Acupuncture and Women's Health
Posted by Cecil Horwitz
Whether you are pregnant, thinking of getting pregnant, or just focused on feeling your best, consider adding acupuncture to your self-care regimen. Acupuncture is a valuable tool in promoting women’s well-being, both for general good health and for treating specific gynecological concerns, including infertility. It works by restoring the flow of qi, or energy, and the balance of the opposing qualities of yin and yang within the body.
The role of qi is to assist with bodily processes of transformation, protection, stability, transportation, and warming. Disturbances to the qi and the yin-yang balance can be caused by factors as simple as the weather, poor nutrition, or emotional disturbances, as well as by sickness or injury.
In terms of day-to-day health, acupuncture as part of a holistic health plan including rest, nutrition, and exercise can help treat insomnia, boost energy and the immune system, and reduce stress and anxiety.
Particular health issues that acupuncture can address include irregular, heavy, or painful periods, PMS, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. For women experiencing menopause, it can also relieve hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and fatigue.
If you are trying to conceive, acupuncture can increase fertility by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, which improves the quality of both the uterine lining and the eggs produced, and by helping to regulate hormones and the menstrual cycle. It can significantly increase the odds of success in conceiving naturally or through IVF treatments, as well as reduce the chance of miscarriage.
And once you are pregnant, acupuncture has benefits for both you and your baby. In addition to alleviating physical discomforts like morning sickness, headaches, constipation, and heart burn, it can help avoid the dangers of breech birth.
It is also effective in treating fear, stress, and anxiety as you prepare for labour and for taking care of both your mind and your body throughout the delivery and beyond.