In Chinese medicine, a healthy period has the following features:
Studies show that acupuncture can be an effective technique to help regulate your cycle by addressing the underlying conditions that may be disrupting your monthly flow such as stress, and hormonal imbalance.
At my clinic, I work with many patients seeking natural techniques to help manage the symptoms of the below conditions:
What to expect from treatment
I start off all my acupuncture treatments by taking a thorough case history. This is your chance to tell me all about the symptoms you are experiencing, how long they have been going on for, how they impact you, and what you feel contributes to them. There is no rush, I always schedule 90 minutes for a first appointment so we have all the time we need. I'll ask you about other areas of your health, such as your sleep and digestion, and with your permission, I will also feel your pulse and look at your tongue. All this gives me more diagnostic information which might be relevant to your overall Chinese medicine diagnosis.
You will have an opportunity to ask me any questions you might have before we start treatment. I want you to be completely comfortable before I do anything, and I will talk you through the process of having acupuncture, and what you can expect.
Acupuncture points are carefully selected and I will devise a bespoke treatment plan to address your period concerns.
Treatments are received once a week or twice monthly at pivotal times in your cycle. Treatment should be continued for at least 3 cycles, but can take longer depending on the condition.
Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically help with symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis by:
Impacting on beta-endorphin production, which may affect gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion (Lim 2010; Stener-Victorin 2009; Feng 2009; Manneras 2009);
Having a regulatory effect on follicle stimulation hormone (FSH), luteinising hormone ( LH) and androgens (Lim 2010; Feng 2009);
Modulating the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and improving blood flow to the ovaries (Stener-Victorin 2006, 2009);
Regulating steroid hormone/peptide receptors (Feng 2012);
Downregulating the expressions of serum levels of testosterone and oestradiol (Zang 2009);
Controlling hyperglycaemia by increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing blood glucose and insulin levels (Lim 2010);
Acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the analytical brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry (Hui 2010; Hui 2009);
Increasing the release of adenosine, which has antinociceptive properties (Goldman 2010)
Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kavoussi 2007).
Providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Zhao 2008, Han 2004, Zijlstra 2003, Pomeranz 1987).
Regulating levels of prostaglandins (Jin 2009)
Acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of dysmenorrhoea by:
Regulating neuroendocrine activities and the related receptor expression of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary axis (Liu 2009; Yang 2008)
Increasing nitric oxide levels, which relaxes smooth muscle and hence may inhibit uterine contractions (Wang 2009)
Increasing relaxation and reducing tension (Samuels 2008). Acupuncture can alter the brain’s mood chemistry, reducing serotonin levels (Zhou 2008) and increasing endorphins (Han, 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to combat negative affective states.
Stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987; Zijlstra 2003; Cheng 2009);
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