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My Practice is Devoted to Women’s Health

The following conditions represent ones we most commonly treat, though I do not limit my practice only to these:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infertility
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Excessive Bleeding & Amenorrhea
  • PMS
  • Postpartum Depression

INFERTILITY

Infertility plagues many women in present times, and while western medicine has provided some assistance along the way, the problem remains far from solved. Researchers of Chinese medical approaches have found in ancient texts descriptions of women treated for infertility with acupuncture and Chinese herbs dating back thousands of years. In fact, such descriptions were also found inscribed on the backs of turtle shells! In the last five years, modern scientific research methods have confirmed the efficacy of the successful results and the science behind them. Studies reveal that:

 

  • Acupuncture has been shown to regulate hormone levels by moderating the release of beta-endorphin levels in the brain, which improves the release of gonadatrophin-releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, follicle-stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and estrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary.
  • Acupuncture reduces stress and a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system response.
  • Acupuncture has been speculated to moderate cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin levels in the uterus, reducing uterine motility to improve implantation rates.
  • The American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility & Sterility Journal has included the utility of acupuncture in conjunction with assisted reproductive technology.
  • Chinese medical theory states that Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, which dramatically improves a woman’s response to the hormonal therapy.

FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is the name given to an undiagnosed, rampant inflammatory condition in the body, a very serious debility that many women suffer from, and western medicine provides no cure at all for this condition.

In Chinese medicine, we find two etiologies (causes) for fibromyalgia. The first is very poor blood circulation, almost always due to obesity. For every extra 10 pounds we have on our frames, the diameter of our blood vessels are cut in half. If the patient is overweight, then there is a systemic lack of nutrient and oxygen circulation to all the major muscle groups of the body and the sensory nerves that surround them. The result is constant, chronic pain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs successfully in vasodilate the major longitudinal blood vessels of the body, thereby providing more oxygen and nutrients to the malnourished muscle groups. The result is a dramatic reduction of pain over a short period of time.

The second etiology concerns itself with a form of malnutrition: some fibromyalgia sufferers are simply anemic or borderline anemic. The anemia is a plasma anemia which western medicine fails to recognize. An anemic patient may be thin, frail, have dry skin, does not sleep well, often is anxious and of course has a lot of pain, especially in the upper body. Chinese herbal medicine seeks to restore the fluid deficiency in the blood and body. The result is a sustainable reduction of pain and inflammation in the body, and therefore a restoration of vitality.

MENOPAUSE

Menopause spells the end of a woman’s menstruation and fertility. Technically, it is defined as occurring 12 months after a woman’s last menstrual period. Menopause is a natural biological process, not a medical illness. We expect, then, that a healthy woman should be able to go through this process without the disturbing symptoms often associated with menopause. The physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can affect sleep, energy levels, and even elicit feelings of sadness and loss.

Chinese medicine has been treating menopause for at least 2,000 years. The patient can expect the main symptoms of night sweats and hot flashes to be gone fairly quickly. The emotional upset that can go with menopause can also be treated very effectively with Chinese herbal medicine. In short, women suffering from menopause can expect an improvement in their symptoms using these approaches.

Among the most common complaints that we treat daily are menstrual disorders. Whether the problem is amenorrhea (no period), excessive bleeding, or pain and cramping during menses, these are all problems easily remedied with Chinese herbal medicine.

Pain at period time is almost always due to vessel blockage in the lower abdomen. This can be caused by vaso-spasms in the vessels of the lower abdomen, excessive cold in the in the lower abdomen, fibroid cysts, or a disease known as endometriosis. Most of these conditions are improved by a series of acupuncture sessions and the use of herbal medicine.

MENSTRUAL DISORDERS

Among the most common complaints that we treat daily are menstrual disorders. Whether the problem is amenorrhea (no period), excessive bleeding, or pain and cramping during menses, these are all problems easily remedied with Chinese herbal medicine.

Pain at period time is almost always due to vessel blockage in the lower abdomen. This can be caused by vaso-spasms in the vessels of the lower abdomen, excessive cold in the in the lower abdomen, fibroid cysts, or a disease known as endometriosis. Most of these conditions are improved by a series of acupuncture sessions and the use of herbal medicine.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

Probably no surprise to any of us, childbirth is by far the largest strain on the human body for most women. The loss of blood and fluid at childbirth combined with sleep deprivation during the first year of the child’s life leaves most women tired, anxious and depressed. In the west, doctors usually treats the problem with iron supplements, that is if there is measurable anemia. They may also add counseling, and hormone replacement, along with anti-depressants or serotonin re-uptake drugs. Chinese medicine takes a different approach. One of the gifts that Chinese medicine gave the world is the

knowledge and use of what are known as tonic herbs, such as ginseng, astragalus and others. With this class of herbs a well-trained Chinese herbalist rebuilds the vitality of a woman suffering from postpartum depression. The results are usually better than the Western This approach has helped restore the patient to her former level of energy and good health.

Pain at period time is almost always due to vessel blockage in the lower abdomen. This can be caused by vaso-spasms in the vessels of the lower abdomen, excessive cold in the in the lower abdomen, fibroid cysts, or a disease known as endometriosis. All of these conditions are usually improved through a series of acupuncture visits and the use of Chinese herbal medicine.

PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5-11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle.

Chinese medical practitioners almost always find that PMS symptoms are attributable to poor blood flow through the liver at the time of menses. Encouraging better circulation through the hepatic artery, which delivers 70% of the blood to the liver, can be very effective in alleviating these problems.

The Chinese discovered almost 2,500 years ago that emotional upset is often caused by poor circulation through the liver. Over the centuries, they developed several methods for increasing blood flow to and through this vital organ. Once the liver is functioning properly, a PMS sufferer’s emotional ups and downs are greatly reduced.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

Childbirth is by far the largest strain on the human body for most women. The loss of blood and fluid at childbirth combined with sleep deprivation during the first year of the child’s life leaves most women tired, anxious and depressed.

Western Medicine usually treats the problem with iron supplements if there is measurable anemia, counseling, and hormone replacement, along with anti-depressants or serotonin re-uptake drugs.

Chinese Medicine takes a different approach. One of the gifts that Chinese Medicine gave the world is the knowledge and use of what are known as tonic herbs, such as ginseng, astragalus and many more. With this class of herbs a well-trained Chinese herbalist rebuilds the vitality and strength of a woman suffering from postpartum depression.

The results are usually better than the Western approach and help restore the patient to their former level of vitality, prior to becoming pregnant.