Women's Health

Chinese Medicine has a holistic approach to health and often addresses a wide range of conditions, including various women's health issues. Keep in mind that Chinese Medicine views health through the lens of balancing the body's vital energy, known as Qi, and the interplay of Yin and Yang. Here is a list of women's health issues that Chinese medicine can address:

1. Menstrual Irregularities:

Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding)
Irregular menstrual cycles

2. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS):

Balancing hormonal levels
Regulating menstrual cycles
Managing associated symptoms

3. Menopausal Symptoms:

Hot flashes
Night sweats
Mood swings
Sleep disturbances

4. Fertility and Reproductive Health:

Enhancing fertility
Supporting assisted reproductive technologies
Addressing underlying imbalances

5. Pregnancy and Postpartum Care:

Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
Maintaining a healthy pregnancy
Postpartum recovery

6. Endometriosis:

Managing pain associated with endometriosis
Addressing inflammation
Regulating the menstrual cycle

7. Uterine Fibroids

Shrinking or managing fibroids
Alleviating symptoms such as heavy bleeding and pelvic pain

8. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS):

Balancing mood swings
Reducing bloating and breast tenderness
Managing other associated symptoms

9. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs):

Strengthening the urinary system
Addressing recurring UTIs
Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

10. Osteoporosis and Bone Health:

Strengthening bones
Preventing bone loss

11. Breast Health:

Supporting breast health and preventing stagnation

12. Digestive Issues Related to Women's Health:

Addressing digestive imbalances that may impact gynecological health

13. Stress and Emotional Well-being:

Balancing emotions
Reducing stress, anxiety, and depression

14. Thyroid Disorders:

Supporting thyroid function

15. Skin Conditions Related to Hormonal Changes:

Acne, eczema, or other skin issues influenced by hormonal changes

It's important to note that Chinese Medicine treatments for these conditions often involve a combination of Acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary recommendations, and lifestyle adjustments. Additionally, TCM is often used in conjunction with conventional Western medicine for a comprehensive approach to healthcare.

Chinese Medicine Provides Relief for Postpartum Depression

Telemedicine is great for Postpartum care!

Chinese Medicine recommends a "staying in" period for new mothers and babies to support healing and integrate the new baby into the family. New mothers and babies are fragile and need rest and time to recover from the birth. The "lying-in" or "staying-in" period is 30-90 days, depending on the birth and the health of the mother.

During the period following pregnancy, a woman's body goes through many changes. Your digestion experiences fluctuations, you adjust to breastfeeding, and self-care becomes more challenging because you have a baby to care for.  Many new mothers experience fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, and postpartum depression. Nutrition is essential, and I encourage staying warm (especially the feet, hips and belly).

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression affects mothers in many different ways. Below are some common signs and symptoms:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or trapped
  • Problems concentrating or focusing
  • Headaches, stomach aches, blurred vision (signs of tension)
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Insomnia/sleep deprivation
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Dizziness, hot flashes or nausea
  • Mastitis, clogged ducts (inflammation, pain and soreness/obstruction of the mammary ducts)
  • Deficient or excessive lactation

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for Postpartum Symptoms

The postpartum period (up to 9 months after delivery) is the most crucial time of life to be taking herbal formulas to replenish the body. Proper diagnosis is important at this time since each woman has a different experience.

Chinese Medicine can be very helpful in treating postpartum symptoms, including fatigue, depression, headaches, nausea, swelling, and pain. It is particularly effective in treating mastitis and increasing breast milk supply.

Care needs to be taken in the postpartum period to ensure proper recuperation. Traditional societies allow a woman proper rest and rejuvenation time, incorporating ample rest, cooking for the woman and her family and allowing her time to bond, integrate and replenish her qi and blood. Women should be expected to rest and abstain from normal activities for at least 3-4 weeks after a non-complicated delivery and for at least 6 weeks after a cesarean delivery.

Returning to normal activities usually causes depletion and women end up in an exhausted state. Mothers can be prone to headaches, fever, low milk supply, digestive issues and mood issues.

Herbal Medicine is used to boost the immune system, improve digestion, mood and regulate milk supply. Acupuncture is used to relieve pain and restore balance.

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