01 Jun How Acupuncture Can Help Regulate Your Menstrual Cycle
Can Acupuncture help a woman regulate the menstrual cycle and overcome absent or irregular periods?
Throughout my clinical time, I’ve helped women with irregular menstrual bleeding and absent menstrual cycles restore a regular monthly period.
Women can also benefit from Acupuncture to help with issues caused by PCOS and might have irregular cycles/ovulation and as a result, struggle to conceive.
How does acupuncture regulate the menstrual cycle?
There are 3 main ways it does so:
- By regulating the feedback loop between the brain and the ovaries (HPO axis), providing more balanced hormones that in consequence benefits the cycle, promote ovulation, and stimulate a period.
- By increasing blood flow to the ovaries and lining of the uterus (endometrium) by dilating blood vessels and calming the nervous system. By improving the blood flow, the uterus ensures the endometrium lining can grow to a proper thickness.
- It may promote ovulation by increasing blood flow to the ovaries to support the maturation of a healthy egg. Acupuncture may help promote the LH (Luteinising Hormone) surge which triggers the egg to be released from the dominant follicle on the ovary.
Research by Su-yu XU (2016) has shown that for women experiencing functional amenorrhea, acupuncture and moxibustion treatment enhances\ the levels of LH and FSH, and it is equivalent to oral estrogen-progestogen administration, but reported significant lower side effects and recurrence rate (apart the “good” side effects reported below 😛 )
Are there any side effects of Acupuncture?
YES! Side effects are reported all the time. The most common side effects are deeper sleep, a more relaxed nervous system, better digestion and a stronger immune system! Side effects that most women are happy to endure – I guess 😊
Optimal results are achieved with weekly acupuncture treatments which are directed at correcting any underlying homeostatic imbalances in the body, as well as coinciding with the specific physiological changes of each phase of the menstrual cycle.
My name is Mattia. I am a Doctor of Chinese Medicine. This means that I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and completed more than 2000 hours of training in Australia. Acupuncture is a therapy that stimulates self-healing and while the method of doing so is many and can be complex, I have undergone a great deal of training to be able to perform this therapy safely and effectively.
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