WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?

Arthritis is a disorder affecting one or more joints of the body. It is characterized as inflammation, pain, and stiffness of the joints. Arthritis can also present as redness, warmth, swelling and decreased range of motion in the affected joint or joints. Onset can be gradual or sudden.

Facts About Arthritis

There are actually over 100 different classifications of arthritis. The two most common forms of arthritis seen clinically are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that usually occurs with age and affects the fingers, knees and hips. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects the hands and feet.

WHAT IS GYNECOLOGY - MENOPAUSE?

Gynecology is the medical practice of the female reproductive system. This includes the vagina, the uterus, the ovaries, and the breasts. Menopause is a natural process in which the ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, the female hormones.

Facts About Gynecology

In the modern world the most common pathology associated with gynecology has to due with a woman’s menstrual cycle. Most women aren’t even aware that their menstrual cycle is pathological. Many women have been taught to believe that severe pain and other menstrual pathologies are normal when in fact they are not. Common pathologies associated with a women’s menstrual cycle are: painful menstruation, early menstruation, late menstruation, irregular menstruation, scanty menstruation, heavy menstruation and prolonged menstrual bleeding. As women age the menstrual bleeding naturally starts to become more scanty until it stops altogether. This aging process for women is called menopause.

Facts About Menopause

Menopause is a natural process in which the ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, the female hormones. Menstrual periods become irregular until it ceases. The average age of menopause is 51 years of age. Each woman experiences menopause with different symptoms. Fluctuating hormone levels cause symptoms that may manifest a few months or last years. Some women have no symptoms at all, while others have considerable discomfort.

Acupuncture for Gynecology - Menopause

Acupuncture regulates hormone levels and adjusts the state of qi and blood in the body. This is very important for a woman’s menstruation as it is directly related to hormones and the state of qi and blood inside the body. If a woman has a stagnation of “Qi” this can cause irregular menstruation and or possibly painful menstruation. If a woman has a stagnation of qi and blood, she will have severe pain on menstruation or possibly no menstruation at all. If a woman has a deficiency of qi and blood, she can have very scanty menstruation no menstruation or prolonged menstrual bleeding. There are various other combinations of disorders affecting menstruation in Traditional Chinese Medicine, these are just a few.

Acupuncture can also treat menopause, easing common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep difficulties, fatigue, and mood changes without side effects. Acupuncture can also alleviate the abdominal pain, cramping and erratic or heavy bleeding perimenopausal women may experience. Menopause onset causes a pattern of diminished fluids, or dryness, which affects the entire body system. Acupuncture can strengthen yin, the body's cooling, nourishing and moistening element. Your acupuncture physician may recommend Chinese herbs, dietary modification and exercise to supplement your acupuncture therapy.

Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine

In Western Medicine, there is a wide variety of pharmaceutical medications prescribed for women’s gynecological disorders and menopause. Most of these pharmaceutical drugs are harmful to the liver and kidney after prolonged use and are accompanied with harmful side effects. Most of these pharmaceuticals suppress menstrual pain, menstrual bleeding, or provide synthetical estrogen during menopause. None of these treatments address the root of the problem and are statistically ineffective.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we will look for the imbalance causing the gynecological disorder or menopause. The treatment strategy will be to adjust hormone levels, adjust the state of qi and blood inside the body and balance yin and yang. Treatments can involve acupuncture, electrical stimulation, heat therapy, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Symptoms of Menopause

  • Hot Flashes

  • Irritability

  • Mood Swings

  • Trouble Sleeping with or without night sweats

  • Depression

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Memory Lapse

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