Acupuncture can help with many different conditions. Some are listed below, but this list is by no means exhaustive. If you need more information on whether acupuncture treatment can help you, please don't hesitate to call me.
Hormonal changes each month can sometimes make life hard, and in reality, all too many women have to cope with unpleasant symptoms on a monthly basis.
Problems such as premenstrual syndrome, painful periods and heavy bleeding are often seen as a normal part of your monthly cycle and something to be endured. But according to Traditional Chinese Medicine this should not be the case. In fact, any menstrual irregularity can be seen as a sign of a deeper imbalance and should be treated rather than ignored.
There are many different reasons why some people have trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. These are not always easy to diagnose, and many couples end up with the frustrating diagnosis of 'unexplained infertility'. Acupuncture can help prepare your body for conception.
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Menopause is a normal transition for women. It is a common misconception that symptoms such as hot flushes and mood swings are part and parcel of this; they needn’t be. In Traditional Chinese Medicine a woman starts her periods when she receives her “heavenly water” at puberty. By the time she reaches middle age, this heavenly water dries up, and her periods will stop.
The reason why so many women suffer from symptoms at this time of life is due to an imbalance in the yin and yang of the Kidneys. Fluid is yin, so when the heavenly water dries up, yin can become depleted. This leaves a relative excess of yang which, uncontrolled, can flare up and cause hot flushes, anxiety and irritability.
By nourishing the yin of the Kidneys, acupuncture can reduce these symptoms and help move you through your menopause with ease.
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Stress can have emotional and physical symptoms. Feeling anxious, upset or worried, tired during the day but unable to sleep at night, having digestive problems, low immunity, even chest pains and palpitations are all symptoms of too much stress. Acupuncture has been proven to be effective as a treatment for all of these symptoms.
The reason that acupuncture is so effective at treating stress, is that it treats the mind and body as a whole in which emotional disturbances can result in physical symptoms and vice versa. By treating the root cause of the problem, wherever it lies, other symptoms throughout the rest of the body may also be resolved.
Anxiety and depression
Acupuncture can help anxiety and depression by restoring the smooth flow of energy within the body and promoting harmony. As well as relieving symptoms, it aims to treat emotional issues at their deepest level, enabling us to break negative thought patterns and gain a new perspective on life.
From a scientific perspective, we know that acupuncture works to keep your brain chemistry in balance. This includes regulating the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. It also stimulates the production of endorphins which relieve stress and pain, and bring about a feeling of general well-being.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine Qi (energy) and blood are two of vital substances within the body, to maintain health they need to flow freely. This allows them to reach every tissue and organ, nourishing them as they go.
In an ideal situation, Qi and blood find their way around the body with ease, but often become stuck in a particular area.
This happens for a number of different reasons including physical trauma, overuse of a certain joint or muscle or emotional stress.
If Qi and blood become stagnant you may experience inflammation and pain. Acupuncture can help to alleviate acute and chronic pain.