Oriental Medicine Provides a Natural Means of Treating Woman’s Medical Conditions

✓ 100% Natural

✓ Does Not Involve Hormones

✓ Does Not Involve Pharmaceuticals

✓ Emotional Tension Relief

✓ Insomnia Relief

 
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Acupuncture & Natural Solutions for Gynecological Conditions


Oriental medicine has a long history of addressing and treating medical conditions that affect women. Sanyinjiao, an acupuncture point located on the lower leg, serves many functions in regards to gynecological problems. The number of issues it can help with is extensive. 

Sanyinjiao acupuncture point

The following is an abbreviated list:

  • Uterine Bleeding

  • Labor Processes

  • Postpartum Healing

  • PMS

  • Infertility

Plus, it can provide relief from emotional tension and insomnia--both things that may result when contending with the stress of illness or disease. A practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine may also reference some of the good advice from Simiao, someone who wrote extensively on diet, massage, lifestyle suggestions and other adjunct therapies. If a woman is pregnant in her first or third trimester, or has her menses, it is wise to relax as much as possible and avoid strong emotions. Refrain from, or keep intimacy to a minimum, and eat a simple, easily digestible diet.

Treatment

Although the treatment varies, we have had success with a wide variety of woman’s issues, including:

 
  • PMS

  • Pelvic Pain

  • PCOS

  • Endometriosis

  • Menopausal Issues

  • Irregular Menstrual Flow

  • Recurrent Infections

  • Uterine Fibroids


Painful Menstruation

Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation occurs before, during, and after a woman's menstruation. The cramping can occurs mainly in the lower abdomen, but can also be experienced in the lower back and even down the legs. Pain symptoms vary from woman to woman but normally present as throbbing, sharp pain that often come and go or a constant, dull pain. Often, in severe cases, there is nausea and vomiting, sometimes lightheadedness.

From a Western medicine perspective, the menstrual cramping is caused by high levels of prostaglandin hormones produced by the uterus triggering abnormal muscle contractions that cut off blood flow in areas of the uterus. The condition is categorized into the following two types:

  • Primary dysmenorrhea: begins from adolescence, can last through early adulthood, and is related to hormonal imbalances that cause excessive uterine contractions.

  • Secondary dysmenorrhea: commonly occurs in women who are in their thirties and forties and is often accompanied by conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, myomas (benign tumors), and fibroids.

Contraceptive pills are the standard treatment for hormonal imbalances that are accompanied by irregular periods. If no specific condition is diagnosed as the cause of the dysmenorrhea, then analgesics are usually prescribed.

Treatment

Chinese medicine does not treat Western medicine conditions--including "dysmenorrhea." Instead the Chinese medicine practitioner takes a naturalistic approach by organizing patient signs and symptoms into basic patterns of imbalance, after conducting an extensive intake. Usually there are multiple patterns of imbalance involved in a patient's health presentation.

Common Patterns in Traditional Chinese Medicine for Dysmenorrrhea

  1. Dark-red menses with clots, pain worse with pressure, beginning before or at the first day or two of the period and during period (Qi Stagnation and Blood Stasis).

  2. Scanty menses, dull pain better with pressure occurring during or after the period (Qi and Blood Deficiency).

  3. Thin, scanty menses, lower abdominal pain (Liver and Kidney-Yin Deficiency).

  4. Pale, scanty menses, pain during or after period and better with heat (Cold in the Uterus from Yang Deficiency).

  5. Strong-smelling, yellow or bright-red menses, pelvic inflammation, possibly burning pain during period (Low Abdominal Damp-Heat).

  6. Dark, scanty menses, low back pain, pain before or during period, relieved with heat but worse with pressure (Uterine Damp-Cold).

TCM-style acupuncture treatments usually include nutrition, other lifestyle modifications, and, perhaps, Chinese herbs.

No matter whether you are in your youth battling menstrual problems, trying to get pregnant or dealing with hot flashes in your menopausal years, contact us at Marino Clinic today to discover what we can do for you.

Clinical Study

A 2017 study confirmed that women can self-apply acupressure to mitigate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Acupressure is an Oriental Medicine therapy that uses manual manipulation to specific areas of the body.

Researchers set out to discover if applying acupressure to the acupuncture points LIV3 and LI4 could influence depression, anxiety and physical symptoms associated with PMS. This particular combination of acupuncture points is widely used for a variety of gynecological issues. Additionally, the study participants were also evaluated for their overall quality of life.

LIV is an abbreviation of liver and large intestine. In this case, they both refer to the name of their respective channel. A channel is a line of healing energy, although invisible, constantly circulates in the bodies of all living beings. It is on these channels that acupuncture points reside, which practitioners of Oriental Medicine and acupuncture activate through the insertion of acupuncture needles.

The trial consisted of 97 participants who were divided into a control group and 2 experiment groups. The control group used placebo acupressure in place of real treatment. The experiment groups received treatment pertinent to their medical condition. One of the experiment groups utilized LIV3, while the other one used LI4.

The first round of acupressure was administered by a professional. The sessions were 20 minutes each and occurred every day for the 14 days before menstruation. During the next two menstrual cycles, the patients self-administered the same treatment they had during their first cycle. The study participants learned how and where to apply pressure on their bodies. Thus they continued the same routine of 20 minutes a day for 14 days, 2 weeks before their menses started.

With each cycle the women were asked to evaluate their emotional and physical symptoms, as well as state the general quality of their lives. At the end of the third cycle, researchers learned that women suffering from moderate to more severe symptoms of PMS, in both experiment groups, saw a statistically important reduction in them, when compared against the control group participants.

The quality of life for both of the experiment group patients also significantly improved as opposed to their counterparts in the placebo group. Researchers concluded that acupressure on either LIV3 or LI4 is effective for the treatment of physical and emotional issues related to PMS.

The study entitled, "The effect of applying pressure to LIV3 and LI4 on the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome: A randomized clinical trial," appeared in the medical journal Complementary Therapeutic Medicine in April of 2017.

Source: Bazarganipour, Fatemeh, et al. “The Effect of Applying Pressure to the LIV3 and LI4 on the Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 31, 2017, pp. 65–70., doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2017.02.003.