Acupuncture is a natural, drug free treatment options are increasingly popular in the Western world. In the West, it is primarily associated with pain relief. However, it is often used to treat a wide range of other health conditions. One of the areas in which it has been proven effective in women's health issues.
Acupuncture is the practice that involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into the body at specific points. It is a holistic treatment, intended to treat the body as a whole organism rather than isolating separate parts. From traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective, acupuncture works by restoring the balance of yin and yang in the body, and enhance or improve the flow of Qi (energy) by removing blockages that can cause all kinds of pain and disease, including many health issues specific to women.
Many practitioners of the ancient art as well as their patients claim that this treatment can successfully reduce or alleviate problems such as irregular menstruation or weight, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), uterine fibroids, and even problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and infertility problems. Acupuncture using techniques considered help regulate the ovarian cycle, stimulates egg production, increasing the balance of hormones and even increase blood flow to the uterus.
A study in Germany, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2008 shows that the majority of women who had acupuncture for menstrual cramps, feeling uncomfortable and ill see at least a 33 percent decrease in the level of their pain compared with women who did not receive treatment. In addition, a study of Denmark found that women who received acupuncture had a significantly higher rate of pregnancy versus control group who did not receive this treatment.
More general studies, many have pointed out that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce natural steroids and the release of endorphins, which help reduce the inflammation and pain. All practitioners agree that their technique enhances the mind and the body's ability to heal itself, and women's issues is not the exception to the rule.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners often use herbs as well as diet, exercise and lifestyle advice in conjunction with acupuncture treatments to get better results. Also, it is not uncommon for acupuncture to work used as a complementary therapy along with more "mainstream" fertility and women's health care options. In fact, some acupuncture has a spacious school in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, which can help them better integrate different types of treatments for maximum efficiency.