Gynecology in general is an area in which Natural Medicine (TCM) excels
Its treatments are gentle, with virtually no side effects, and it is relatively inexpensive for treatment of a wide variety of women’s issues. TCM may be used on its own or in conjunction with Western medicine for treatment of a vast array of conditions.
How Traditional Chinese Medicine can help with:
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be more effective at relieving menstrual cramps and pain than pharmaceutical drugs, according to some studies. Not only can it help with immediate pain, it can also help to alleviate pain long term.
Not everyone has a 28 day cycle – Anywhere from a 25-31 day cycle is considered ‘normal’ in TCM terms as long as it comes consistently at the same time every month. However, when women experience irregularity in their cycle (either skipping a period or two or experiencing a cycle that is sometimes early or sometimes late), it is considered a sign of imbalance in the body. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have great success in helping to regulate periods and shortening/lengthening cycles when needed.
Unpleasant to experience on either end of it. For some women, PMS can be a mild sense of melancholy, irritability, mild bloating, or discomfort. For others it is a severe and often deeply troubling time that can seriously affect their quality of life. Treatments for PMS are a regular part of TCM and something we have great success in treating. Understanding where the imbalance comes from and customizing treatments with specific herbs, lifestyle suggestion and regular acupuncture significantly help.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affect from 5-10% of women of menstruating age and is one of the leading causes of fertility issues today. For many women, the diagnosis leaves them feeling hopeless or at a loss as to what to do. Chinese Medicine, through herbs, regular acupuncture and a focus on customized dietary therapy has shown great success in treating PCOS helping women become pregnant naturally and helping to regulate their cycles. We work with this every single day in our clinic.
Often affecting up to 1 in 5 women, fibroids (myomas) can also impact fertility and other cycle issues including pain and bleeding. Regular acupuncture and herbal treatments over 3-9months as well as some specific dietary changes is an effective alternative to some of the other treatment options available today (including laparoscopy, myomectomy, hysteroscopy, hysterectomy and hormonal drugs).
Affecting millions of women in north America and a leading cause for fertility issues in many women. Often linking to high levels of stress in women, it is a conditions where the presence of actively growing and functioning endometiral tissue is found in locations outside the uterus. Through regular acupuncture (usually focused in the last two weeks of a woman’s cycle), and a combination of herbs have been shown in recent studies to be able to reduce the body’s immune response to the endometriosis and alleviate symptoms.
Breast Tenderness, cysts, or other abnormalities of the breast can all be treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture.
Menopause is not a disease! Nor does it have to be uncomfortable. Many women believe that hot flashes and insomnia are just part of aging. Although they may be common to many women, it doesn’t mean their normal. In Chinese Medicine it is believe that Menopause (nicely termed ‘the second spring’) is a normal transition that can be navigated quickly, easily and coolly. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help to facilitate and effectively easy the transition.
In Chinese medicine, the “postpartum period” refers to the four months following labor and delivery. It is the first month that is believed to be the most important and the crucial time to take special care to help your body heal and recharge. It is not until the end of the 4th month after delivery that full recovery of the energy and blood lost is thought to be complete. There are some general tendencies to imbalance that may be expected during this time, which can be mild or severe, brief or prolonged dependent on the woman and their particular case. Simple things can be done to strengthen the woman and help recovery including dietary support, herbs or moxabustion as well as acupuncture if needed. It’s normal to have some adjustment period after having a baby, but if you’re suffering please seek help. There is a lot that can be done to help!