Support for Natural Conception

Gyneacological Disorders & Artificial Reproduction

PMT, period pains, endometriosis or PCOS, fertility, pregnancy and menopause are all manifestations of the female experience and a system of medicine such as acupuncture can treat at root level rather than masking the symptoms with medication, thus re-establishing hormonal balance in the woman’s cycle. It can be life changing for some women to be able to reduce or eliminate symptoms genealogical pain from their life, enabling them to feel much more at ease throughout their monthly cycle.

Painful periods are addressed with the stimulation of acupuncture points which strongly move the uterine blood flow, this can help to relax the uterus reducing the contractions which cause painful cramps as well as clearing away old blood. Overtime, many women report that their menstrual blood changes from a darker red to a brighter colour with a regular and balanced flow.

Although acupuncture cannot replace western medicine when it comes to bacterial infections, it works in conjunction with your prescription to help address the symptoms and reduce any side effects from the medication. A great example of this is cystitis. Acupuncture works in harmony with antibiotics to treat the infection, address the underlying cause of the illness and help manage the pain during its acute phase.

Cystitis // Child Birth // Endometriosis // Painful Periods // Female Fertility // Infertility ART // Menopausal Symptoms // PCOS // PMT // Urinary Incontinence

Where Qi goes, Blood Flows

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Menstruation in Chinese Medicine Explained

Menstruation should be painless and accompanied by minimal pre and postmenstrual signs and symptoms. We know the menstruate should be of sufficient volume, a rich, fresh color, and free from clots. The absence of these factors is an endometriosis symptom . If there is free flow, there is no pain: if there is pain, there is no free flow.

In Chinese medicine , the uterus and the liver are closely related. The liver maintains patency or free flow of the qi or vital energy of the body. The liver, spleen and kidney channels run through the pelvis and all can effect menstruation . If any of these channels is blocked, congested or deficient, this will usually manifest in women as some sort of menstrual problem. Qi moves the blood. The qi can become sluggish or stuck due to emotional stuckness or stress. It is the liver’s job to maintain the free flow of qi , stagnant qi is associated with liver depression. The liver is so intimately associated with the menstrual cycle, liver depression and stagnant qi in women almost always manifests as some menstrual-related problem. Stagnant qi manifests as pain and distention and is dull, crampy or colicky.

Static blood may be caused by either long-term qi stagnation or by traumatic injury, including surgery. Its characteristic is localized, fixed, sharp, stabbing or lancinating pain. Blood clots are common when one’s qi is stagnant. The most common cause of qi stagnation is stress, and usually results in liver depression. This can also become the cause of female infertility. Stagnant qi causes pain, urinary problems, lower abdominal pain and distention, sciatica, premenstrual nipple sensitivity, irritability, depression and headaches. Static blood may be caused by trauma, such as intra-abdominal surgery, IUDs, abortions, and certain birth control pills in some women. It may also be caused by intercourse during menstruation or due to stagnant qi.

The signs and symptoms of blood stasis are stabbing, sharp, fixed, and lancinating pain, clots in the menstrual discharge, the relief of pain after passing of clots, prominent blue, varicose veins on the lower abdomen, possible hemorrhoids or varicose veins on the legs, poking pain with intercourse.

Most women with endometriosis have some combination of stagnant qi and blood stasis. Accumulation of cold-causing blood stasis also leads to uncomfortable side effects. Coldness and dampness can be generated by over eating cold, damp foods. Cold foods include anything eaten chilled, frozen and cold. They also include most raw vegetables and fruits, dairy products, oils, nuts, sugar, fatty foods, and citrus fruits.

The signs and symptoms of accumulation of cold causing blood stasis in the lower burner include cold, fixed pain in the lower abdomen relieved by warmth, a dark, clotty menstrual discharge, aversion to cold, late or absent period, back pain, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite.

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Natural Remedies for Menstrual Disorders

Emotions
Natural remedies for menstrual disorders suggest avoiding fear, anger and excessive emotions in general. Maintaining an even, free flow of moderate emotions is the same as maintaining an even, free flow of qi and blood. Just prior and during menstruation women should not allow themselves to become fatigued. Not dwell on negative thoughts or frustrations.

Stress reduction, changing jobs, seeking counseling for relationship problems, changing residence, taking more time off, relinquishing unrealistic goals and expectations, and just in general adopting a slower, more open attitude no matter what we are doing can help us with balance. We need to teach ourselves consciously and deliberately to relax. Done daily, at least twenty continuous minutes, can benefit our overall health.

Diet
Avoid eating cold and raw foods prior to or during their periods. Avoid sex during their period as this reverses the flow of qi and blood from down and out to up and in and tends to cause the formation of blood stasis.

Our diet should consist of warm foods. Drinking too much liquid and especially cold liquids with meals can cause stagnant qi . There are also certain foods which should be eaten in great moderation. Sugar weakens the spleen and therefore the healthy creation of qi and blood. Honey, molasses and maple syrup create dampness and hinder spleen function. People with liver depression and qi stagnation tend to crave the sweet flavor. Other foods that can create dampness are nuts, oils, and fats, chocolate, beef and pork, dairy products, fruits, eggs, and citrus fruits, pineapples, apples and pears. Alcohol is also dampening. Those with stagnant qi must be careful of hot, spicy foods. Coffee disperses stagnant qi but wastes the blood and yin – both regular and decaf. Coffee gives a sense of energy by freeing up stuck qi . Women who experience any kind of menstrual, reproductive tract or breast disorders should avoid coffee. It is not caffeine alone that is the offending substance. There are many volatile oils in the coffee bean, which as a whole cause the problem. Placing a drop of White Flower Oil on the tip of the tongue when the coffee craving strikes can help alleviate this dependency.

Exercise
Chinese medicine believes that a certain amount of physical exercise is necessary to maintain one’s health and prevent disease. Exercise speeds up a sluggish metabolism and increases production of qi and blood. Aerobic exercise from twenty to thirty minutes every other day increases circulation and body temperature, and aids digestion, appetite, mood, energy and sleep. Exercise greatly reduces the severity of any endometriosis symptom or symptom associated with stagnant qi and blood stasis. Chinese medicine places great importance on diet, especially on cooked as opposed to raw food. Cooking makes the nutrients in foods more easily assimilable, resulting in a greater net gain.

Many studies confirm that lifestyle factors, which are largely preventable, are the cause of debilitating disorders. Deep relaxation, aerobic exercise and dietary modification and moderation are the keys to preventing dysmenorrhea and endometriosis. And Chinese medicine is an ideal therapy for women with these and other reproductive disorders, especially for the management of any endometriosis symptom.

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Fertility

For female patients, here’s how fertility acupuncture works:

  • Fertility acupuncture regulates the hormone system.
  • Treatments help to direct blood flow to the reproductive organs.
  • Acupuncture points are chosen based on the woman’s menstrual cycle (This is key for women trying to conceive naturally.  Acupuncturists like to treat throughout the woman’s cycle.)

An important note to consider is that it takes three months to build an egg.  This means that patients should plan to schedule a minimum of three months of acupuncture treatments for optimum results.

  • In a review involving 1851 women, Chinese medicine achieved a 60% pregnancy rate over 4 months compared with 30% achieved with standard Western medical drug treatment or IVF over 12 months.
  • In a study of 160 women, those who received acupuncture during IVF increased their success rate by 62% as compared to those who didn’t use acupuncture

Acupuncture should be considered as a treatment in combination with: Abdominal Massage, hypnosis to help emotionally and mentally with improving fertility, and proper nutrition.