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The Health Benefits of Acupuncture for Women

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.

Hormone Imbalances

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.

Fertility Problems

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.

Menopause

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.

Discover the freedom and joy that comes from a healthy, pain-free body bursting with vitality! Start your healing journey today by booking an appointment with AB Acupuncture.

 

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What are the Alternative Health Treatments?

Today you will find many people are looking outside of conventional western medicine to treat their illnesses, conditions, and diseases. Western medicine does not have a holistic or integrative approach to healing, unlike alternative health practices. Western medicine views illness as either mental or physical and treats it as such. Traditionally Eastern medicine does not approach healing as separates issues that are to be addressed in an ailing human being. Alternative Health treatment in Eastern Medicine has a more comprehensive approach. When dealing with an alternative health treatment there is the approach that the whole being is out of balance and balance needs to be restored to enable healing.

Many people today are starting to feel that the western medical system of healing is too mechanical, based on one-shoe fits for all no exceptions, dogmatic, and totally compartmentalized. People don’t necessarily want drugs to mask or treat just the symptoms they are facing which is called palliative. Eastern medicine as an alternative medical treatment treats to eliminate the source of imbalance to cure the illness rather than just mask the symptoms with medication alone. There are many concerns these days about drugs and the side effects they cause, some of these side effects cause more harm than the actual disease.

There are many cultures that have alternative medical treatment as part of their traditions. These alternative medical practices have been used for thousands of years. Regardless of geographic location, these types of alternative health treatments have one thing in common; they all look to balance a person’s body to a harmonious state of health.

Ayurveda or “Science of Life” is considered the oldest known alternative health systems. As an alternative health treatment system, Ayurveda focuses on balancing energy as opposed to treating symptoms of an illness. It is a body/mind/spirit approach to healing. In this system, bodily health is determined by three biological principles called “doshas”. The three Doshas are Vata, which regulates movement, Pitta, which regulates metabolism, and Kapha, which regulates structure. When any of these things are not functioning properly or out of balance we experience illness and disease. The doshas are also aligned with the elements. Vata is Air, Pitta is fire and Kapha is water. When one of these doshas is out of balance one is given a whole regimen from diet, herbal medicine to exercises to balance one back to health.

Another popular alternative health treatment is Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. Chinese medicine, another ancient comprehensive system is premised on the concept that qi or life force energy flows throughout the body. The body is composed of negative and positive polarities called Yin and Yang. When the polarities are out of balance and create a blockage in the flow of qi then illness results. So in Chinese medicine to balance one’s body back various alternative health treatments are used such as acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition to rebalance the polarities to enable qi to flow freely.

Other alternative health treatments include Herbology, the use of herbs to cure and treat illnesses, homeopathy, where the dilute concentration of various natural substances are given in the alternative health treatment, and Naturopathic Medicine which incorporates many types of natural approaches is available as an alternative health treatment to conventional western medicine. Using an alternative health treatment does not mean that you still cannot go to a regular doctor. But it can be used as a compliment if you are getting conventional treatment as well. I am a believer that two heads are better than one. Let both practitioners know what you are doing so there is no conflict with medications and herbs.

 

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