Acupuncture has long been used to support all women’s health issues, not only those related to menstruation. Acupuncture can help from the teenage years onwards, through to peri-menopause (which can last for several years) and into, through and beyond menopause.
This support is not only with the physical symptoms but also the mental & emotional impact of women’s experiences, navigating through the different cycles of life.
East Asian medicine (EAM) describes in detail the cycles of life and how these can be supported, not only with treatment but also with lifestyle choices and diet.
EAM has a sophisticated understanding of the rhythms of these systems using the language of Yin and Yang and how this impacts on the circulation of qi (energy) and blood in the body. For example, hot flushes are seen as counter-flow qi – in which the energy is not moving in the correct direction, with too much energy going to the top of the body – excess above, deficiency below.
Treatment is directed at helping to correct imbalances – tonifying where necessary and clearing excess or blockages in other parts.
Dysmenorrhoea: period pain
Menorrhagia: abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding.
Metrorrhagia: irregular bleeding particularly between menstrual periods.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder)
PCO (Polycystic ovaries) & PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome)
Peri-menopausal symptoms – also known as the menopause transition – which can start in one’s 40s or even earlier.
Menopause related symptoms – 12 consecutive months without a period is the official definition of menopause.
Vulvodynia – is a condition where there is pain, burning and discomfort in the vulva that cannot be linked to a specific cause.
Women related cancers – breast cancer, uterine/cervical cancer – in particular support with the side effects of allopathic treatment & emotional support & supporting the energy system.
"Before starting acupuncture, I felt crushed by it all; now I feel I can shake it off and am feeling like 'me' again for the first time in months. I feel like I have a whole new lease of life. Side effects are less long lasting and less intense, whereas it should have been the opposite with the cumulative effect of the chemo treatment. Before I felt buried under it and couldn't see a way out. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel; it's the last leg of the marathon."
Chemo Support for Breast Cancer - Sharon
I originally came to Marian for help after a series of early miscarriages and I strongly believe that it’s down to her knowledge, treatment and understanding that we were able to have our son (now 11 years old). Since that time I have continued to see Marian, originally for treatment after the removal of kidney stones (that developed as a result of the pregnancy), but subsequently for general health maintenance, alongside help with issues related to blood pressure and the menopause.
I really value my time with Marian – she creates a very calm atmosphere in her treatment room and it feels like a real treat to be there. And I benefit not just from the acupuncture itself, but her ability to listen, as well as the sound advice and expert knowledge that she offers. Her understanding of me, and my body, is invaluable and I highly recommend her and her practice.
Blood Pressure and Menopause - Zoe