A woman’s menstrual cycle is a good indicator of her general health. PMS and irregular menstruation are early signs of potentially serious reproductive system disorders such as endometriosis, fibroids, cysts and infertility. PMS can disrupt a woman’s life in many ways including her relationships, self esteem, work productivity, exercise routine, sleep and the way she feels about her own body. Month after month millions of women suffer aimlessly with symptoms that could be eliminated or reduced with acupuncture and lifestyle changes. Acupuncture is a natural, low cost form of treatment with virtually no side effects. PMS is not a normal monthly occurrence as many women accept it to be. With acupuncture and a balanced lifestyle, qi (energy) and blood can flow smoothly and strongly within a woman’s body and she can move through her cycle with ease and regularity.

How does acupuncture work to treated PMS and irregular menstrual cycles?

Qi or energy runs through the body in specific meridians or channels that innervate the organs and control the movement and production of blood and other vital substances in the body. When qi is not coursing smoothly and strongly through its pathways the organs can not function to produce and move blood as they are meant to. Stagnant qi causes stagnant blood which equals pain. Qi can be accessed and manipulated by using an acupuncture needle to stimulate specifically located acupuncture points along the meridians. Different combinations of acupuncture points are chosen from the hundreds of available points for treating a patient’s individual imbalance. Acupuncture has been shown to assist the endocrine system in keeping balanced levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Hormonal imbalances are thought to be the cause of menstrual irregularities from a western medical point of view. A November 2002 study in the medical journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics showed a 77.8% success rate in treating PMS with acupuncture as opposed to a 5.9% success rate in the placebo control group. Acupuncture treatment can also bring a deep sense of relaxation over the body allowing it to function on its highest level.

How many treatments will I need?

Menstrual disorders tend to respond quickly to treatment. Patients will often notice a lessening of symptoms within the first month of treatment. As a general rule, we want to treat you twice a week for 4-6 weeks. Each individual situation is different and treatment requirements will vary.