Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice that has been used for centuries for the treatment of various ailments ranging from minor aches and pains to fertility and till recently for complications associated with HIV/AIDS. The use of acupuncture in modern western medicine has been one of more ups than downs as those practicing traditional medicine have found it very difficult to make the transition. However, in recent times there has been a marked increase in the number of doctors and other professionals who are practicing and recommending the use of this ancient ritual for the treatment of patients. One particular group of patients who have greatly benefited from the induction of such a practice in modern medicine is women.
Both sexes (men and women) are continuously faced with a number of similar health issues but because of the differences in their anatomy and physiology there are ailments, which are unique to each sect. The reproductive processes of women and men are quite different but acupuncture has been used for many centuries to treat the reproductive problems of both groups. Women can suffer from a wide range of reproductive issues and for many of these issues there has been sufficient evidence to suggest and in most cases justify the use of acupuncture treatment as a superior alternative to conventional medication or treatment.
Menstrual Cycle Discomfort
Women who go through the monthly menstrual cycle have often found themselves under tremendous discomfort and strain due to the physiological changes that their bodies undergo. Studies have shown that the use of acupuncture can significantly reduce the symptoms of bloating, menstrual cramp and other pains in the lower abdomen that most women would experience during their normal cycles. Women with irregular cycles and those who have irregular ‘flows’ also find themselves benefiting tremendously by using acupuncture along with certain alterations in diet and lifestyle.
The development of cysts, fibroids and other abnormalities in the womb and cervical region has also caused many problems for women. Many of these occurrences have been linked to imbalances in hormonal levels in women of childbearing age. At the post menopausal age, the tendency to develop such ‘growths’ is greatly reduced as hormonal levels become better regulated by the body. The use of acupuncture as a means of treating such abnormalities have resulted in the need for less surgeries by women as they see a reduction in the growth and appearance of these unwanted things.
Acupuncture has also been linked to solving fertility problems in both men and women. Stress is an underlying cause of many illnesses and ailments that affect individuals worldwide. Many fertility problems are stress related and may lead to other problems such as hormonal imbalances, which significantly affect the ability of the mother to conceive. Even after conception, many mothers stand little chance of carrying their babies to a full term if the stress problem is left untreated. Acupuncture treatment has been credited with blessing many prospective mothers, who once thought that they had no chance of conceiving with healthy normal babies.
Many women also suffer physiologically and psychologically when they reach menopause. Acupuncture treatment has been found to provide much relief to such women and a return to normalcy during that stressful period of their life. Many medical practitioners are now actively recommending such treatment to their women patients.
Addictions, Allergies and Other Disorders
There are also problems such as addictions (smoking is a prime example) and other unhealthy lifestyle practices, which has resulted in favorable outcomes as a result of acupuncture treatment. The use of acupuncture in the treatment of allergies and gastrointestinal disorders has been well documented and is extensively being used by both men and women of the Asian block. More persons of western cultures are developing an appreciation for the use of this ancient practice as a means to better health.