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Acupuncture and Reproductive Health

Women’s health is a big part of the healthcare industry. And acupuncture can be very beneficial in caring for the overall health of women. Acupuncture has been especially effective in helping with issues like irregular menstruation, painful periods, infertility, turning breech babies, and clearing up infections.

One of the most studied areas of acupuncture is the treatment of fertility issues. When invitro fertilization by itself does not get the job done, adding acupuncture to the treatment may make the difference. However, acupuncture does much more than just balance the reproductive hormones. When a woman is trying to get pregnant and is struggling with fertility issues, stress levels can be extremely high. And high stress levels have been proven to disrupt the body’s ability to conceive. Acupuncture is effective for decreasing stress levels and this can make it easier for the fertility treatments to work. Acupuncture has also been shown to increase blood flow to areas of the body, including the uterus. This helps to create a hospitable environment for a baby to grow.

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are also widely used for treating infections and sexually transmitted diseases. In traditional Chinese medicine, most infections have some sort of heat or discharge associated with them. This medicine uses principles, herbs and acupressure points that have specific properties that can drain heat and expel toxins from the body. This can lead to an overall improvement in both uterine and cervical health.

Another area where acupuncture helps is supporting the time of birth. About four percent of babies are presented in the breech position prior to birth. An accessory modality known as moxibustion, has proven time and time again, that it can actually turn the baby to the proper birthing position. Moxibustion involves the burning of an herb, dried mugwort, very near the skin on a specific acupressure point that is located on the outer edge of the pinky toe. By performing moxibustion several times a day, the baby and the body somehow know that there needs to be a repositioning and the baby tends to turn during the night.

When it comes to women’s health, acupuncture is an amazing resource. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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