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Acupuncture for Women

Acupuncture is accessible to women in all stages of their lives and it has the benefit of being a treatment that carries no side effects. It can be used as the primary source of healing or integrate seamlessly with other healing methods.

How is Women’s Health Different?

Women’s health issues are often overlooked by Western medicine, and when they are addressed, the treatments can be invasive or ineffective. Often when women come to see me about women’s issues, they feel frustrated, uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassed by the symptoms that they’re experiencing.

Stages

As your body changes over the course of your life, there will be subtle changes in your constitution which may display irritating symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes, names and diagnoses the specific imbalances that may occur during all stages of a woman’s life.

Menopause Energy Blockage

For example, I’ve had many patients going through menopause who have a deficiency in their kidney yin energy. The yin would normally act as a cooling agent to the heat created in the body. This creates excess “heat” which the person experiences as a hot flash, or a night sweat, or dry mouth. TCM sees these imbalances from an energetic perspective and therefore treats them on an energetic level.

Energy Blockage during Menstruation

In younger patients, I often treat people suffering from PMS and menstrual issues. This is often a liver qi stagnation. In a balanced system, the qi would flow smoothly through all the organs, and the liver ensures that this flow is stable and smooth. The liver also controls the emotion of anger and houses our capacity to achieve. This relates to our ability to plan, be assertive, and have a driven approach to life.

When a woman is driven in her career or other responsibilities and goals, the liver becomes overworked and stagnant. The qi gets blocked in the uterus and this causes pain and irritability.

Acupunture for women's health in Vancouver

Solutions

For my menopausal patients, we are often focusing on balancing the kidney energy flow. When this improves, the patient experiences less episodes and improved temperature regulation. They talk about sleeping better, feeling more energetic and an overall more stable mood.

For my younger patients, we would be opening up the gates to allow the qi to move through more freely through the liver. This results in balancing the function of the liver. Patients experience an improvement in their cycles: less irritability, less cramps, and a more regulated and consistent period flow. They also talk about a feeling of lightness and ease. Tasks that felt overwhelming and exasperating before, now feel less stressful and achievable.

Issues Acupuncture can Address:

Hormonal Balancing

  • PMS
  • Cramps
  • Irregular or Absent Menstruation
  • Spotting
  • Heavy Periods
  • Heavy Menstrual Blood Clots
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • Irritability
  • Breast Pain/Lumps

Menopause

  • Hot Flashes
  • Mood Changes
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Digestive issues

Fertility

  • Reduce stress
  • Balance hormones
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus
  • Regulate menstrual cycle
  • Promote ovulation
  • Decrease menstrual cramps
  • Prevent recurrent miscarriage
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