Menstrual periods are the cardinal indicators for health in women. Healthy and regular menstrual cycles signify a balanced system.
Many women experience irregular cycles today which can manifest as multiple periods or spotting in one month or skipping months at a time, and of course, in between these two extremes in the spectrum. Along with the irregularities, you may experience the following symptoms with your periods:
- irritability and/or anxiety
- headaches and/or migraines
- constipation or diarrhea/loose stool
- insomnia or hypersomnia
- back pain
- breast tenderness and/or pain
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms during your cycle, your body is sending you a clear message about an imbalance in your system! While many patients resort to birth control pills to deal with painful or irregular periods, acupuncture and Chinese herbs do not employ exogenous hormones into the body. Instead, we aim to balance the body’s energy in necessary areas to re-align the hypothalalmus-pituitary-ovary (HPO) axis. The hypothalamus in the brain triggers the pituitary gland to release the reproductive hormone to signal to the ovary to induce ovulation, and produce a regular and healthy cycle. Acupuncture and herbal formulas will also deal with any underlying issues that cause such symptoms as heavy clotting, heavy bleeding or spotting, severe cramping, etc.
I honestly can’t believe how Dr. Kim did it, but after two treatments, I started my period again!!!! My periods were always irregular from long ago when I was younger but these days I didn’t have them for at least half a year. I didn’t have too much other menopause symptoms and I’m too young for that so I was pretty worried and stressed about it. But now I feel so much better in every way.. more energy, less pain, more relaxed. Thank you so much!
-Jennifer L., 43