Acupuncture and other modalities of Chinese Medicine have been used to treat women’s health, particularly on menstrual and reproductive disorders, for many centuries. The scale of research activity in relation to acupuncture and women’s health has increased over the last 20 years.
318 documents were found and assessed. There is preliminary data indicating acupuncture may improve menstrual health and coping for women experiencing delays falling pregnant.Suzanne C. etc. Acupuncture and women’s health: an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women’s reproductive health. Int J Womens Health. 2014; 6: 313–325.
- Menstrual issues
Acupuncture encourages the blood to flow more freely, helping to regulate cycles and alleviate the cramps, headaches, and discomfort associated with menstruation.
- Menopause and perimenopause
Acupuncture does not stop the natural process of aging and hormones reduction, but slows it down, and lessens the hormonal fluctuations. Acupuncture also helps to relieve the accompanying symptoms, e.g. hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitations, anxiety, and insomnia.
Pharmaceutical treatments for endometriosis are not impressively effective, but cause many side effects. Surgery can be effective, but it is invasive, takes a long time to recover, and endometriosis can reoccur within five years.
Acupuncture can be considered adjunctive treatment for pelvic pain associated with endometriosis. In two recent trials, acupuncture gave significant pain relief.American Society of Reproductive Medicine
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Acupuncture helps to increase blood flow to the ovaries, so as to reduce of ovarian volume and the number of ovarian cysts; reduce testosterone levels and regulate oestrogen cycles to normalise ovulation.
repeated acupuncture treatments resulted in higher ovulation frequency in lean/overweight women with PCOS and were more effective than just meeting with the therapist.Julian J. etc. Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 May 1; 304(9): E934–E943.
Acupuncture helps infertility in many ways, the general mechanism is that acupuncture directs blood flow to the reproductive organs and help regulate menstrual cycles, so as to increase the chance of pregnancy.
- Pregnancy and postpartum support
Acupuncture can relieve the lower back and pelvic discomfort associated with pregnancy, as well as the morning sickness. After delivery, many women find acupuncture treatments essential for rebuilding their Qi and blood, increasing milk supply, and dealing with postpartum depression.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective pain reducer.
Acupuncture may have a beneficial role in treating fibromyalgia symptoms.Mayo Clinic