A woman’s body goes through significant hormonal shifts on a monthly basis and especially during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. These hormonal shifts, if not harmoniously orchestrated, can cause uncomfortable signs and symptoms.
Menstruation is wonderful indicator of the health of the body. A smooth, easy, and painless period is ideal. Any PMS, pain, or discomfort is an indication of subtle imbalances within the body. Short or absent periods may indicate a deficiency in blood or anemia, painful periods indicate a blockage in energy and blood, PMS symptoms can be an indicator of chronic stress, and irregularity in the cycle tells us about hormonal imbalances.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have effectively treated these conditions for thousands of years. We love sharing the wisdom of Chinese medicine with our female patients to relieve period problems and allow them to live full and uninhibited lives.
It brings us great joy to care for women as they support a developing life. Pregnancy is a beautiful time but it can be easy to miss the magic if you are suffering from nausea, mornings sickness, heartburn, constipation, headaches, back pain, swollen ankles, or fatigue. Acupuncture offers natural solutions for the most common pregnancy ailments so you can enjoy the time you spend with a baby developing inside.
Our treatment approach varies based on where you are in your pregnancy. Early in the first trimester, we focus on strengthening the body and promoting circulation to the uterus to establish a strong pregnancy. Once a heartbeat has been established, we shift our focus to symptoms that may be making you uncomfortable. In the last 4 weeks of pregnancy, we work on softening the pelvic muscles and ligaments, ripening the cervix, and boosting energy to prepare for labor.
During your entire pregnancy, we support and guide you in making healthy diet and exercise choices. We also work on keeping stress at a minimum to limit the developing fetus’s exposure to stress hormones. Our goal is simple, we want to keep you healthy and happy to ensure your baby will also be healthy and happy.
Menopause is the end of a woman’s menstrual periods, and it may last a few months to several years. The entire menstrual cycle slowly comes to an end along with the rise and fall of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The rate that these hormones decline and the balance between the two is mainly responsible for the unwanted menopausal symptoms along with the overall state of health. Symptoms that can be addressed with acupuncture include:
From Chinese medicine theory we learn that the body has yin and yang energies. Yin is cooling, quiet, and governs sleep. Yang is warm, active, and governs energy. At menopause, yin begins to decline. As the balance of yin and yang is disrupted, we see excess yang show up in the form of hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety. The lack of yin can be seen in disrupted sleep, dryness, and lack of calm. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are used to harmonize the balance of yin and yang and encourage a symptom free transition.