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While primarily known for treating pain and common illnesses, acupuncture also has a profound connection to women's health, offering a valuable tool through all of life’s stages. The ancient practice of acupuncture has been around for over 4,000 years and helped countless people around the world. It involves inserting thin, painless needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow, known as "qi," to promote health and balance.
What can acupuncture do for women’s health?
Painful periods and PMS
Acupuncture has been recognized for its ability to ease painful periods and PMS symptoms. We can help relax tense muscles, improve blood circulation, and stimulate the release of endorphins. This natural painkiller not only reduces period cramps, but also eases mood swings and bloating commonly experienced during menstruation. Additionally, acupuncture's role in promoting hormonal balance contributes to regulating menstrual cycles.
Fertility and IVF
For women navigating fertility challenges, acupuncture offers an additional support system. Research suggests that acupuncture may improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, enhancing egg growth and quality, implantation and conception. By reducing stress and enhancing hormonal balance, acupuncture can work in tandem with fertility treatments such as IUI and IVF, boosting the chances of a positive outcome.
As women navigate perimenopause and menopause, they often face a wide range of symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and poor sleep. Acupuncture helps manage the intensity and frequency of these symptoms, providing relief and supporting the body's natural shifts.
Acupuncture can also be beneficial for pelvic health concerns, such as urinary incontinence, prolapse, postpartum and post-surgical recovery. By improving blood circulation and muscle tone in the pelvic area, we can help with pain and speed up the recovery process.
Acupuncture’s holistic approach and focus on both the physical and emotional aspects of health, makes it an obvious choice for women seeking natural and integrative care. Be sure to schedule with a licensed and experienced acupuncturist, and communicate openly with your health care team to find the right fit.
About the Author
Jenny Karns, L.Ac, MSTCM
Jenny is a nationally board certified acupuncturist (NCCAOM) in Kansas, Georgia, and South Carolina. She has a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Academy of Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from KU.
Jenny specializes in women’s health including infertility and reproductive health, IVF/ IUI support, menstrual irregularities, and menopausal symptoms. Additionally, she treats pain, anxiety, depression, digestive issues and surgery recovery.