If your hormones need some balancing, Chinese Medicine may be able to assist
When our hormones are out of balance it can really get us down and make us feel quite miserable. There are many reasons our bodies and hormones may be imbalanced and Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to find the root cause of the condition and bring your body back into balance and harmony, allowing your body to function optimally so that you can feel your best. Conditions such as Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) may show symptoms of imbalance such as period pain, digestive upset, fluctuating moods, headaches and more.
The menstrual cycle has four phases although can be clearly divided into two main parts – the luteal phase and the follicular phase.
Follicular phase (yin)
This begins on the first day of your period. During this phase one or more follicles will grow large enough for ovulation to occur. After your period, the endometrium (lining of the uterus) gets thicker and ready to receive a newly fertilized egg. During this time more oestrogen than progesterone is produced.
Luteal phase (yang)
This is the time between ovulation and the beginning of menstruation. During this time, progesterone is produced by the ovary and nutrients are secreted by the uterine lining.
Acupuncture may help with the symptoms arising from conditions such as:
According to TCM, when our bodies are balanced there should be no pain with menstruation and there should be a good flow including – colour, consistency, amount and duration. During an acupuncture consultation your practitioner will ask many questions about your menstrual cycle as this provides valuable information to understand what is happening in the body and to make an accurate diagnosis.
PMS is a highly prevalent condition with an estimated 80% of women affected. It is commonly treated with oral contraceptive pills and antidepressants, which many women can have trouble tolerating or experience negative side-effects from.
PMS can manifest in many ways, and therefore TCM diagnosis is based upon individual presentation. Your acupuncture practitioner will thoroughly assess your menstrual cycle and general health which will help to understand your body and treat the root cause.
Stress and emotional upset are common causes for PMS, and from a TCM perspective, can disrupt the free flow of qi, resulting in an array of symptoms including emotional imbalance, neck/shoulder tension and skin breakouts. Other women may experience digestive upset, such as bloating, loose stools, constipation, cravings or an altered appetite.
The general recommendation for women experiencing cycle or hormonal imbalance, is weekly acupuncture treatments for at least three cycles. Your practitioner will work with you and prepare an individualised treatment plan according to the four phases. Acupuncture may be used alone or alongside other treatment methods.
At Sakura Acupuncture, your health is our priority and we offer an integrative approach to healthcare, with your practitioner working alongside your other healthcare providers when relevant to help you gain the best outcome.