With over 12 years of experience treating women with the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, I have concluded that many problems women face are rooted in hormone imbalances. In our fast-paced, time-constricted, anxiety driven world, we are not nourishing ourselves physically and mentally, which is reflected directly with how are body functions. Many are not sleeping well, waking up in the morning and drinking copious amounts of coffee and decompressing at night with a few glasses of wine. Whether we are conscious of the constant state of stress we put on ourselves, it is crucial to allow your body to rest and balance. In Chinese Medicine when the Yin and Yang are in balance your body and hormones are as well.
With lifestyle changes and higher levels of stress in our society among women, infertility has become more prevalent. Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of infertility. It increases blood flow to the uterus which increases ovarian follicles, reduces inflammation to aid in embryo implantation and regulates ovulation by normalizing the endocrine system. Acupuncture has an equilibrium effect on the reproductive hormones and a calming effect on the central nervous system. It is a highly effective and supportive treatment in combination with IVF. It can be a very emotional and stressful time for couples and acupuncture relaxes the body and the mind.
Many factors cause hormone imbalances in the body and normally it doesn’t happen overnight, Too much stress, not enough exercise, over-exercising, a poor diet, bad air quality, not getting enough sleep and medication are some common lifestyle factors that affect our hormones.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and whole foods therapy can help prevent and treat illness in the body. By adding good quality whole foods into your diet the body naturally stops wanting foods that are not supporting it and when the body is in a state of health you start craving foods that are nourishing and healing. You don’t need to change what you are eating completely but having an active role and awareness of what you are eating can help your quality of life and balance your hormones. A licensed acupuncturist can help formulate a diet therapy that is conducive to your lifestyle and is specific for your body. TCM looks at the body as a whole system and you as an individual.
Acupuncture is a natural, safe and effective way to balance hormones with virtually no side effects. When you go to see a qualified acupuncturist thin needles are inserted into specific points, acupuncture does not force the body, it redirects the energy and blood so that the body can heal itself. With a combination of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and dietary changes the body can naturally return to a state of health and bringing balance back into the mind and body.
By Jeanette Davison L.Ac T.C.M