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ACUPUNCTURE FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture for Menstrual Issues & PMS
Common Menstrual-Related Issues Effectively Treated with Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine: 
  • Painful periods

  • Late or Early periods

  • Irregular periods

  • Excessively heavy periods

  • PMS and hormone-related emotional changes

  • Frequent UTIs & Yeast Infections

  • Ovarian Cyst Pain

  • Headaches & Migraines related to hormonal changes

  • Low libido

  • & more!

 
Acupuncture Could Help
With Period Pain, Study Reveals.
Got Period Pain?
Put a Pin In It!
What Happens to Your
Body When You Get Acupuncture
I Did Acupuncture Twice a Week
For 4 Months — Here's How It Affected My Period
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WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS : Acupuncture for Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
 

Efficacy of Acupuncture versus Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill in Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Dysmenorrhea: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

By the end of the study, both treatments had resulted in significant improvement over baselines in all outcomes, that is, maximal dysmenorrhea pain scores, days suffering from dysmenorrhea, amount of rescue analgesic used, and quality of life assessed by SF-36 questionnaire. Acupuncture commonly caused minimal local side effects but did not cause any hormone-related side effects as did COC. In conclusion, acupuncture is an alternative option for relieving dysmenorrhea, especially when COC is not a favorable choice.

  

Intira Sriprasert,  Suparerk Suerungruang. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. Aug 4 2015. 

As Acupressure Decreases Pain, Acupuncture May Improve Some Aspects of Quality of Life for Women with Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis.

This study sought to obtain evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture and acupressure interventions. Acupressure showed evidence of pain relief while acupuncture improved both the mental and the physical components of quality of life.

Abaraogu UO. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2015 Oct;8(5):220-8.

Acupuncture as an Adjunct Treatment for Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Comparative Study.

Acupuncture, sham (placebo) acupuncture, and/or NSAIDs substantially reduced pain in all 10 patients in each respective group (100%). Acupuncture treatment reduced the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea, and symptoms were reduced for at least 6 months. Application of needles at simulated points away from the acupuncture treatment protocol (aka: placebo acupuncture points) did not reduce pain significantly.

Results showed that true acupuncture treatment can reduce the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea, and the effect can last for 6 months.

Reyes-Campos MD. Med Acupunct. 2013 Aug;25(4):291-294

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Acupuncture for Fertility & Pregnancy Support
Common Pregnancy & Fertility Issues Effectively Treated with Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine: 
  • morning sickness & nausea

  • fatigue

  • low back & pelvic pain

  • leg pain

  • constipation

  • infertility

  • pregnancy support with history of miscarriage

  • IVF Transfer support

WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS:
Acupuncture During
Pregnancy
Does Acupuncture for
Infertility Work?
Acupuncture May Boost
Pregnancy Success Rates
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Prior to Conception: The Role of an Acupuncture Protocol in Improving Women's Reproductive Functioning Assessed by a Pilot Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial.

Those receiving the acupuncture conceived within an average of 5.5 weeks compared to 10.67 weeks for the lifestyle only group (p = 0.422). The acupuncture protocol tested influenced women who received it compared to women who used lifestyle modification alone: their fertility awareness and wellbeing increased, and those who conceived did so in half the time.

Suzanne Cochrane, Caroline A. Smith. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016 May 3.

Acupuncture and women’s health: an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women’s reproductive health

There is preliminary data from 204 clinical studies indicating acupuncture may improve menstrual health and coping for women experiencing delays falling pregnant. There is experimental data showing that acupuncture can influence female reproductive functioning, although the actual mechanisms involved are not yet clarified. 

Suzanne Cochrane, Caroline A Smith, Int J Womens Health. 2014; 6: 313–325.

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Acupuncture for Menopause Support
 

Acupuncture has been shown to provide relief for numerous symptoms of menopause.

 

The North American Menopause Society has officially endorsed acupuncture as a means of reducing frequency and severity of hot flashes. 

  • reduces night sweating

  • improves dryness in skin, mouth, eyes, and vagina

  • boost libido

  • relieves constipation

  • reduces fatigue

  • alleviates insomnia

  • regulates irregular moods and irritability

  • relieves migraines due to hormonal changes

  • eases anxiety & depression

  • & much more!

WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS:
Got Hot Flashes?
Acupuncture May Offer Relief, Study Finds
Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes,
Night Sweats in Menopause
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Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

This meta-analysis included 12 research studies comprised of 869 participants confirms that acupuncture improves hot flash frequency and severity, menopause-related symptoms, and quality of life (in the vasomotor domain) in women experiencing natural menopause.

Chiu HY, Pan CH, Menopause. 2015 Feb;22(2):234-44.

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