Traditional Chinese Medicine and Menstruation

Are you trying to conceive naturally?  Do you experience disturbances in your menstrual cycle? Keep reading to learn how an acupuncturist can help regulate your menstrual cycle.

The female monthly cycle is a complex interplay of bodily interactions, including the reproductive and endocrine systems.  Each system communicates with the other to provide feedback on when hormones need to be produced so menstruation can effectively occur.  Any part of this delicate network of communication that is not working efficiently can affect fertility.

Essentially hormones are a key component of keeping the body in flow and imbalances in hormones can result in menstrual disturbances.   Beyond fertility, female hormones are generally responsible for ensuring a women’s body is functioning in an optimal manner for good health and harmony physically, mentally and ultimately spiritually.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a unique way to address menstrual disturbances that help restore harmony by looking at health from an holistic perspective.  TCM treats the whole person – mind, body and spirit.  

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine along with dietary and lifestyle modifications are often used to address menstrual disturbances and return the body to a state of homeostasis.   But how do they work?

Acupuncture

Research demonstrates that acupuncture is very effective at influencing hormonal pathways, reducing pain and restoring function to the reproductive and endocrine system.   Specifically in addressing disturbances to the menstrual cycle, acupuncture will work to regulate the brain – ovary feedback loop thus balancing hormones, promoting ovulation and restoring a regular menstruation cycle. 

Acupuncture has a calming affect on the nervous system and helps stimulate blood flow making it the perfect complementary therapy when undergoing Invitro Fertilization (IVF) and other medically assisted reproductive treatments (ART).

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbs have been used successfully in many cultures for centuries to influence fertility, menstruation and women’s health.   Studies have demonstrated that like acupuncture, Chinese herbs normalise the flow of Qi, blood and fluids in the body.   Chinese herbs work synergistically in the body for a particular purpose that a qualified TCM herbal practitioner will support you with.

Dietary and Lifestyle Modifications

Poor dietary choices and lack of exercise can have major impacts on reproductive health.  Addressing these aspects of living can support healthy menstruation and improve fertility.  A TCM perspective can be applied to all aspects of diet and lifestyle to optimise overall health and wellbeing.   Your practitioner may suggest self-massage techniques, breathing exercises, dietetic and macrobiotic health advice and suggestions for accessing exercises to support menstrual health.  

At Zen Chi Natural Therapies and Wellbeing, we have two qualified acupuncturists who can support returning your body to balance and addressing any menstrual irregularities you may have.  Our acupuncturists are experienced with working alongside fertility specialist and helping men and women prepare for IVF and ART.   Contact us to discuss making an appointment today.

www.zen-chi.net.au

Phone: 07 3482 2549

Debbie Webber

Debbie Webber is the pioneer of award winning wellness centre, Zen Chi Therapies and each month one of her team members will write about the modality they specialise in at Zen Chi.

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