Women’s Health

A woman or menstruating person’s life is often split into three main phases:

  – The pre-puberty phase of early life,
  – The years of menstruation (with or without parenthood),
  – The years of menopause (post-menstrual).

Each of these three phases is intimately linked with hormonal health. More importantly, the transitions between each phase can sometimes bring a range of emotional and physical challenges that impact the overall well-being of a menstruating person.

 

Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Hormonal Health

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used to support women’s health for roughly 2 thousand years, with acupuncture being a large part of this. Within the realm of women’s and hormonal health, Acupuncture has been seen to be able to support and address issues related to menstrual cycles, perimenopause and menopause. 

 

How does this work?

Acupuncture is thought to balance hormones by reducing your body’s nervous system stress response and coming out of ‘fight or flight’ and into ‘rest and digest’. By doing so, it allows your hormones to come back into line and work as they should. Acupuncture is also able to increase the blood flow to the pelvic organs including uterus and ovaries. This allows the reproductive system to work more efficiently and with increased resources. 

 

Conditions We Support

Menstrual disorders including (but not limited to): PMS/PMDD, dysmenorrhoea (painful periods),irregular cycles, amenorrhoea (lack of periods), menorrhagia (very heavy periods) and metrorrhagia (mid-cycle bleeding), and Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Pelvic Pain including endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids, and vaginismus.

You can read more about how we assist with dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) and endometriosis here.

Perimenopausal + Menopausal Symptoms: hot flushes, insomnia, stress + mood changes, weight gain, brain fog.
Read more about how we support perimenopause here.

 

FAQ

Whether you are seeking relief from menstrual disorders or a hormonal transition, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine provides a range of powerful tools to support you in your healing. At South Hobart Acupuncture, we take your whole self and health into consideration. Our team aims to guide you on your health journey and provide a supportive and personalised approach.

 

When is the best time to start treatment?
Any time is good! Hormones are always being created and used. You are able to start treatment at any time in your menstrual cycle. If you are experiencing any symptoms when we see you, we will work to decrease those in your session. If you come before or in-between symptoms we will be working on the underlying cause.

Will I need herbal medicine?
Most likely. Traditionally in China, all gynaecological conditions (including pain) are treated solely with herbal medicine. In Australia we tend to use a combination of both and find we get more effective and quicker results with using both modalities than simply Acupuncture alone.

Do you work in conjunction with other care providers?
Absolutely. At South Hobart Acupuncture we strongly believe in having a ‘team’ to help you manage your pelvic pain and menstrual conditions. If you do have a team then we will happily work in conjunction with them. If you don’t yet have one we have a list of physios, osteos, dieticians and gynaecologists to recommend to you.

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