Period Pain Acupuncture
Period Pain Acupuncture
Acupuncture and the Menstrual Cycle
People commonly utilise acupuncture for muscular aches and pains. However, research has shown that acupuncture can be beneficial for many menstrual cycle-related issues, such as reducing dysmenorrhea or period pain. The pain could vary from mild abdominal cramping to severe endometriosis, as well as cycle-related lower back pain or headaches.
As women, our bodies shift and change with our hormonal cycles – each of us is very different in the way things flow. With social conditioning, or just plain busyness, many of us do not take stock of what is happening in our bodies and end up with annoying symptoms that we just live with, unless they become unmanageable. With increased stress, lack of exercise, poor diets and loaded toxic products, we aren't helping our bodies function adequately.
Treating the Menstrual Cycle
Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture may help you rebalance your cycle and reduce the symptoms holding you back. Some conditions you may be suffering from:
Dysmenorrhea (period pain)
Irregular, short or long cycles,
PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome (for example, emotional fluctuations, breast tenderness, headaches)
Acupuncture may be helpful for your symptoms when they are happening, such as period pain. However, timing a visit to your acupuncturist for when you think the pain might occur is not always that easy. The beauty of acupuncture and the menstrual cycle is that acupuncture forms part of traditional Chinese medicine, which looks holistically at the body. Therefore, we look at the whole menstrual cycle to see how it is flowing, and we treat the whole cycle.
In regulating the cycle, depending on the issues we find (through palpating the abdomen, feeling your pulses, looking at your tongue, and importantly asking lots of questions), we treat the whole cycle bringing it more into balance. Once that occurs, the symptoms (such as period pain, bloating, mood swings or breast tenderness) will likely reduce or disappear. Depending on the issue or severity of the symptoms, we will likely see you once a week for a few menstrual cycles to see positive change.
Related Services We Provide
In addition to acupuncture, our practitioner is highly skilled in other techniques to help relieve your symptoms:
Our practitioner offers diet and lifestyle advice when needed. Diet has a significant influence on your body. Certain foods, such as high-sugar products, is frequently associated with adverse symptoms. Stress and lack of exercise are also common in our modern world, negatively impacting our health. With the proper diet and lifestyle advice alongside your treatment, your symptoms should lessen.
To improve the flow of your Qi (pronounced Chee), or energy, moxibustion may be used. This practice is the art of burning a stick made from mugwort leaves just above your skin at specific acupuncture points on your body. The warmth from the flame helps stimulate these particular points and accentuates the therapeutic benefit of the needles.
About Bloom Acupuncture
At Bloom Acupuncture, we focus on women's health, fertility, and pregnancy. Our acupuncturist has undergone four years of training in traditional Chinese medicine and has completed a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science (Acupuncture). She continually adds to this knowledge through clinical practice and keeping abreast of the increasing research published around the benefits of acupuncture for women's health issues.