Many people are aware that acupuncture is used throughout the world to improve both female and male fertility and increase the chances of conception. Yet via its ability to regulate hormone and stress levels, acupuncture is also able to help in every stage of women’s health lifecycle, from menstruation to menopause.
The World Health Organisation cites acupuncture as being an effective treatment for dysmenorrhoea (i.e. painful periods) and has a therapeutic effect on patients suffering Premenstrual tension (PMT). Anyone suffering from these on a monthly basis will understand how debilitating it can be and how little help is available from conventional medicine, especially with regards to PMT. Yet many women are able to find relief with acupuncture to help re-establish a menstrual cycle that is both manageable and has little impact on their day-to-day lives.
Similarly, for many women the onset of menopause is the cause of great discomfort and anxiety. Acupuncture trials (and from my own experience in clinic) demonstrate that it can help with the reduction and intensity of hot flushes, can ease night sweats and can help with the regulation of mood and emotions during this transitory phase in a woman’s life.