Acupuncture for Heavy, Irregular periods or stopped periods.

Balancing A Periods Flow: Acupuncture for Menstrual Health

For many women, menstruation can be a complex and sometimes challenging aspect of their reproductive health. Issues like heavy periods, irregular cycles, and even the absence of menstruation altogether can have a significant impact on daily life. In recent years, more and more women are turning to acupuncture as a natural and holistic approach to address these concerns. This article will explore how acupuncture can be a valuable tool in managing menstrual health, including heavy periods, irregular cycles, and stopped periods.

Understanding Menstrual Health

1. Heavy Periods (Menorrhagia): Menorrhagia is characterised by abnormally heavy (haemorrhage or flooding episodes) or prolonged menstrual bleeding (such as spotting over a long time). Both lead to blood loss in different ways and this can lead to fatigue, low iron or anaemia. It can also be a major stress and annoyance for women with flooding - not knowing when it will happen until it does or continuously using pads or tampons in the case of ongoing spotting.
2. Irregular Periods (Oligomenorrhea): Oligomenorrhea refers to infrequent or irregular menstrual cycles. This can make it challenging to predict ovulation, affecting fertility success rates and overall well-being. The stress and worry for women with an irregular period might have them asking 'WHEN in the month will my bleed begin?' and 'Will I be prepared, if it just appears at any moment?'. For women with infrequent or longer cycles they may feel all the signs of PMS with a delayed bleed and the waiting may cause great frustration, just wanting to get onto the next phase of cycle.
3. Stopped Periods (Amenorrhea): Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation for an extended period, which may be due to various factors such as hormonal imbalances such as Premature Ovarian Failure (POF - which can be corrected), stress (a hormone disruptor), or certain medical conditions. The inconvenience here is 'Will my period come AT ALL?...If ever?'

How Acupuncture works in menstrual health

Acupuncture is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a holistic approach to health that emphasises the balance of Qi (energy) in the body. For menstrual health, acupuncture aims to:
1. Regulate Hormones: By stimulating specific acupuncture points local to the ovaries, uterus and also on the scalp for the Hypothalamus/ Pituitary, the treatment may help regulate hormone levels, which is crucial for a healthy menstrual cycle.
2. Promote Blood Circulation: Acupuncture improves blood flow to the reproductive organs such as ovaries and uterus, ensuring proper nourishment and oxygenation.
3. Reduce Stress: Stress can disrupt the delicate hormonal balance necessary for regular menstrual cycles. Acupuncture calms the Brain and Nervous system, inducing a state of deep relaxation, reducing stress levels.

Acupuncture for Heavy periods

For women experiencing menorrhagia, acupuncture can be a valuable tool in managing excessive bleeding. By targeting specific points, acupuncture helps to:
• Stabilise Hormones: Acupuncture sessions may help regulate and steady hormone levels, which may be contributing to heavy periods.
• Strengthen the Spleen & Nourish Blood: In TCM, the Spleen is responsible for blood production. Acupuncture can support Spleen Qi, improving blood quality and reducing excessive bleeding.

Stop Bleeding: After losing large amounts of blood, one can become Blood Deficient according to TCM. Acupoints may try to assist the body to halt ongoing bleeding, where a doctor has deemed it non-urgent, eg spotting.

Acupuncture for Irregular periods

Irregular periods can be a result of various imbalances in the body. Acupuncture can help by:
• Balancing Hormones: Acupuncture can stimulate the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary axis, which plays a crucial role in regulating menstrual cycles.
• Regulating Ovulation: By encouraging proper hormonal signalling, acupuncture can help regulate ovulation and promote regular cycles.

Acupuncture for stopped periods

Amenorrhea can be a result of hormonal imbalances, stress, or other underlying health issues. Acupuncture may aid in:
• Restoring Hormonal Balance: Acupuncture can stimulate the production of hormones necessary for menstruation, addressing the root cause of amenorrhea.
• Reducing Stress Levels: For cases where stress is a contributing factor, acupuncture's calming effect can help restore the hormonal balance necessary for menstruation.

Acupuncture, as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, offers a holistic and effective approach to managing menstrual health. By addressing the underlying imbalances in the body, acupuncture can provide relief for heavy periods, irregular cycles, and even stopped periods. Consulting a registered acupuncturist (AU) who has treatment experience in women's health can help develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to individual needs. Embracing this natural approach can lead to improved menstrual health and overall well-being. To make an appointment with me on Sydney's Northern Beaches, you can book online here.

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