Menstrual Disorders

Menstrual disorders can turn a monthly period from a minor inconvenience into a major, debilitating condition. These disorders can cause physical and emotional symptoms and can disrupt daily life for days or weeks at a time. Menstrual disorders can cause symptoms such as irregular periods, heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, mood swings, nausea and vomiting, and fatigue. Types of menstrual disorders vary but may include: premenstrual syndrome (PMS), amenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, and dysmenorrhea. While these disorders are not usually serious, they are often painful and draining. Conventional treatment may include hormones or pain medication, however, acupuncture is a natural alternative treatment option for the uncomfortable and distressing symptoms of many menstrual disorders.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve the symptoms of PMS and other menstrual disorders. Acupuncture may help to regulate hormones associated with the menstrual cycle, and reduce inflammation in the uterus and reproductive organs. Acupuncture, combined with acupressure treatments, can relieve pain, reduce stress, and improve circulation. Both are commonly used as treatment for menstrual cramps and related menstrual symptoms.

The Acupuncture Procedure

Acupuncture treatment for menstrual problems works not only to suppress symptoms, but to relax and balance the entire body and regulate the menstrual cycle. During the treatment, fine needles are inserted to various depths into strategic points on the body. Depending on the individual, the location of the acupuncture points may vary. After the needles have been inserted, they may be stimulated manually or by electrical stimulation, and a warming lamp may be used. Acupressure and therapeutic massage may also be performed to enhance treatment and target specific areas of discomfort. Aromatherapy may also be introduced during a treatment session. Timing and frequency of treatments will vary based on the individual.

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