Women’s Health Problems
Treating Women’s Health Problems with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
There are many health issues that are unique to women only and require a special kind of care. At Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture Clinic, we believe that the road to better health doesn’t have to be difficult and painful. Through acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in Gainesville, Fl, we can help you become the healthy, empowered woman you deserve to be.
Acupuncture for women
A woman’s body changes many times throughout her life. During her adolescent years, her body transforms from a child’s to an adult’s. It also copes with the demands of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum issues later on. When she grows old, she undergoes menopause, which is yet another challenging phase.
The number of Americans who resort to acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as an alternative or complementary treatment to their ailments has been steadily growing in the past decades. In fact, over 10 million acupuncture treatments are being done every year in the U.S. Many also use acupuncture therapy to prevent diseases and boost their health and wellbeing.
Non-pharmacological, Non-Surgical Remedies Available for Painful Menstrual Periods, Annoying Menopause, Postpartum Pain and Incontinence
A systematic review paper published in the International Journal of Women’s Health in 2014 has found that “There is preliminary data indicating acupuncture may improve menstrual health and coping for women experiencing delays falling pregnant. There is experimental data showing that acupuncture can influence female reproductive functioning, although the actual mechanisms involved are not yet clarified.”
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old form of traditional medicine that originated in China. The ancient Chinese believe that the body’s energy, known as “qi”, flows in specific paths called meridians. The key to staying healthy and maintaining balance is by letting the “qi” flow freely. If the body’s energy is blocked, it leads to illness and disease.
The body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points. To unblock the meridians, the acupuncturist inserts thin needles in specific acupoints throughout the body, depending on what’s ailing the patient. This will stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
In present times, acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine techniques can be used as a stand-alone treatment for many diseases. Since it is safe and natural, you can also use them to support modern, conventional treatments.
How Acupuncture Helps Boost Women’s Health
Our experts in Chinese medicine use acupuncture in Gainesville, Fl to treat women with issues concerning their reproductive health:
The endometrium is the inner tissue that lines the uterus. Endometriosis occurs when this tissue grows outside of the uterus. It can spread to the fallopian tube, ovaries, and other tissues in the pelvis.
A woman with endometriosis suffers from pain: back pain, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, period pain, painful sex, and painful urination or defecation during a menstrual period. Patients also suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding and difficulty getting pregnant.
How can acupuncture help with endometriosis?
Research has revealed that acupuncture can reduce the serum level of cancer antigen 125, a protein found in ovarian cancer cells, which is also elevated in patients with endometriosis. Acupuncture can also relieve endometriosis-related pain.
There are many causes of female infertility. The most common is the failure to ovulate, which can be due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), aging, hormone disorders, and environmental factors. Endometriosis can also lead to infertility as it can change the structure of a woman’s reproductive organ.
How can acupuncture help with infertility?
Acupuncture ensures that the flow of energy and blood is unobstructed. Research has shown that this can successfully improve ovarian function as well as balance the hormones released by the endocrine system.
Check out our article about Acupuncture for Fertility: What You Should Know
Dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps affects 20% of women. It can be debilitating enough to interfere with daily activities. Primary dysmenorrhea is a recurring condition and has no associated pelvic disorder. On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea may be due to endometriosis or ovarian cysts.
How can acupuncture help with menstrual pain?
By targeting specific acupoints, acupuncture stimulates the body to let blood and energy flow freely. This can help decrease the intensity of menstrual pain and even reduce the length of time it is experienced.
In fact, a study has concluded that acupuncture might be more effective than taking NSAIDs in treating menstrual pain and its associated symptoms.
For more information on how Can Menstrual Cramps be Relieved by Acupuncture?, check out our article!
Menopause is a normal and expected phase in a woman’s life. At this point, women stop having monthly periods, and the ovaries stop producing hormones. Some women experience mild symptoms that only require minor changes in their lifestyle. Others may not be as lucky. In cases of the latter, acupuncture can be a good drug-free treatment option.
How can acupuncture help with menopause symptoms?
A study has revealed that acupuncture can significantly reduce the occurrence of hot flashes and night sweats in menopausal women. These two symptoms are among the most challenging and may even affect one’s quality of life.
Pregnancy has its own discomforts. While nourishing and nurturing a growing fetus inside the body for 9 months, pregnant women may also have to deal with back pain, joint pain, and pelvic pain.
How can acupuncture help with pregnancy discomforts?
A retrospective study has suggested that acupuncture can safely alleviate lower back and pelvic pain during the third trimester of pregnancy. Our experts in Chinese medicine in Gainesville, Fl also help patients increase their milk supply and even manage postpartum depression after delivery.
How can Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture Clinic help women?
At our clinic, we use acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine to help women who have to rely on painkillers survive painful menstrual periods or hormones to cope with menopause, but suffer from the distracting or even harmful side effects. Combining with physical therapy, we have helped many women who struggled with back or pelvic pain, or organ prolapse after giving birth, and even those who had problems controlling their bladder.
What questions can you ask our acupuncturist in Gainesville?
- How long will the treatment be?
Knowing the length of treatment can give you an idea of how many sessions your condition requires. Talk to our acupuncturist about your problems and your expectations.
- What should I expect to feel after the treatment?
Knowing what to expect after the treatment can help you prepare yourself mentally and physically.
- When will I begin to see results?
Just like any other treatment, acupuncture therapy is a process. Some ailments may take longer to see improvements than others. Learning when results are expected to show can help you commit to the process and stick to the regimen.
- What symptoms should I carefully observe?
Ask our acupuncturist about danger signs that you should know about, if there are any, and what to do in case they happen.
Where to find an expert in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture?
If you are looking for alternative ways to relieve your symptoms and achieve long-term healing, pay us a visit at Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture clinic. Our expert acupuncturist and staff have helped many women live pain-free lives.
Dr. Weiwei Guan’s great-grandfather, Dr. Qingxin Guan (1864-1939), the second generation Dr. Guan, was an expert in treating women’s health issues using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Equipped with the knowledge accumulated in her family over more than 100 years since then and the modern physical therapy techniques, Weiwei has a unique set of wonderful tools to help women to return to normal life.
Our services help you heal without the need for pain medications, injections, or further surgery. If you are interested in an appointment or have questions, contact us.
- office: (352) 353-0288
- fax: (352) 559-8808
- 13577 NW 2nd Lane, Suite 10, Jonesville, FL 32669
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