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Perimenopause and Menopause
Many women come in to regulate their hormones as they start to fluctuate in midlife, causing any number of symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, depression, headaches, irregular periods, hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, low libido, hair loss, etc. If you would like to feel better without using conventional hormone replacement therapy, Chinese medicine has an excellent track record! Some symptoms can take several weeks of weekly visits to treat, but hot flashes and irritability often improve in just a couple visits.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are highly effective in treating hormonal imbalances. PMS and PMDD (more extreme PMS) are no exceptions. Irritability, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, bloating, cramping, tender breasts, acne, and fatigue are all symptoms Chinese medicine can address. It can take 3-6 cycles of treatments to completely resolve, depending on the case, but results should be felt within a month. For one month, weekly treatments are strongly recommended, and then many cases can go down to two treatments a month until symptoms resolve.
Irregular or Painful Periods, Fibroids, Endometriosis, or Ovarian Cysts
Whether it is amenorrhea (no periods), heavy or light periods, painful periods, painful ovulation, or long or short cycles, Chinese medicine can help. It is important to treat these issues both for lifestyle reasons and health reasons. The importance of Chinese medicine in treating these complaints is in addressing the root cause of the problem; whereas, conventional therapies may give relief from the symptoms, the underlying cause remains an ongoing source of imbalance to one’s health, leading to recurring problems as time goes on. Most cycle-related problems require 3-6 cycles to treat, preferably beginning with one month of weekly treatments, followed by treatments every 1-2 weeks until the problem resolves.