Today’s woman is pulled in more directions than ever before. She may be a stay-at-home-mother who is constantly on-the-go. She may be a corporate mogul, overextended with meetings and deadlines. She may be an athlete, running several marathons per year. No matter what today’s woman looks like, her needs haven’t changed—she continues to have stress and emotional challenges that could greatly benefit from acupuncture.
1. Menstruation issues such as irregular cycles, no periods and PMS. The menstrual cycle is tied to other parts of the physiological makeup of your body. Changes in general and emotional health can affect the menstrual cycle and PMS symptoms, which is why acupuncture is a useful took to reduce stress, increase blood flow to the body and help normalize reproductive organs.
2. Endometriosis. This issue is defined as the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside the endometrium. Acupuncture can treat this and the issue of fibroids by stimulating points recommended for blood stasis and the uterus. This stimulation has been known to “induce the regression of pathologic proliferating cells locally,” according to Acufinder.
3. Emotional Wellness. Receiving regular acupuncture once a week can treat depression and ease side effects from medication. Acupuncture helps regulate neurotransmitters within the brain, which are linked to depression and happy attitudes.
4. Lowered immune system due to stress. Endorphins and neurotransmitters have a lot to do with our stress levels. Stress, according to Acupuncture and Health is known to be at the root of other serious and degenerative health problems. Acupuncture can help women feel more relaxed and help to reduce daily stress levels.
5. Weight Loss. We all know as we get older, our metabolism slows. While acupuncture won’t take the plac entirely, it can be a great supplement to a weight loss program and can work to increases the success rate of losing weight. In fact, studies have shown that those who used acupuncture for weight loss reported 50 percent more success in reaching weight loss goals. Acupuncture also gives the recipient more energy, improves digestion and reduces food cravings.
6. Insomnia. Prevention.com says that acupuncture “revs up the production of neurotransmitters associated with relaxation and sleep.” So, if you’re restless at night, acupuncture can be a great alternative to counting sheep.
7. Infertility. According to several studies acupuncture can increase the chance of conception without side effects. While acupuncture can’t treat all symptoms/causes of infertility, it has been known to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs balance the endocrine system, improving ovarian and follicular function in women.
8. Pregnancy issues such as back pain and morning sickness. One of acupuncture’s benefits is to remove blockage of energy and blood flow throughout the body. Your body naturally produces endorphins, which are pain killers within the body. Once those are unblocked, they can help to reduce back pain during pregnancy. Additionally, studies show that between 50 and 80 percent of women suffer from morning sickness. Acupuncture can combat the nausea and vomiting by focusing on acupoint PC6, according to AcupunctureToday. Located above the wrist, PC6 “appears to ease the symptoms of morning sickness.
9. Postpartum Depression. If you have had mood swings, unhappiness, insomnia and more after having a baby, acupuncture has been known to have astounding positive results in treating postpartum depression. A recent study showed that “by regulating the exciting and inhibiting process of the cerebral cortex via the nervous system and immune system, acupuncture is able to balance various neurotransmitters among the intracephalic neuronal synapses, reduce the brain’s reaction to stress, relax the stressful spirit, regulate and treat the physical symptoms and relieve the depressive and anxious state.”
10. Menopausal needs such as hot flashes. ActiveBeat reports that two recent studies, one from Turkish scientists and another from the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that acupuncture lowered “the incidence of menopausal hot flashes. Acupuncture helped more than half of those studies lower their rate of hot flashes by 35 percent, possibly because acupuncture is known to regulate body temperature up to three months after treatment.