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How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Can Help You Get Pregnant

In the modern context of reproductive medicine and fertility, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are finding their place and becoming an integral aspect of men’s and women’s reproductive health. Alongside these modalities, a conventional medical diagnosis is an essential way to understand the body and correct treatment often relies on accurate information regarding our hormones, blood levels, and an array of other details.

How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a hormonal and immune system disease in which cells similar to the endometrium or uterine lining, grow outside the uterine cavity, often on the peritoneum or surrounding abdominal organs. Common symptoms include pain and infertility, with pain often worse during menstruation and often with excess clotting. It may also be present around ovulation and during sex (dysparerunia).

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis is a common and sometimes debilitating condition experienced by many women of reproductive age. This disease causes chronic pelvic pain and may be a contributing factor causing infertility.

The signs and symptoms of endometriosis may differ from one woman to another but often include the following:

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There are many toxins in our environment that are known to disrupt hormonal balance and are contributing factors in conditions such as infertility, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, recurrent pregnancy loss, and anxiety.

Recent study validates the use of N-Acetylcysteine in treating Endometriosis: a close parallel to the Chinese medicine approach for this same condition

Endometriosis is a condition that affects 8%–10% of women of reproductive age. Women with endometriosis can experience a range of little to no symptoms at all to extreme pain and infertility. It is estimated that between 30 and 50% of women with endometriosis have troubles with fertility. The disease is caused by the growth of endometrial cells outside of the uterus.

Relearning how to manage painful cramps. By Natalie Woodhouse, RMT

When we experience pain there is often an accompaniment of fearful thoughts, physical tensions, or emotional overwhelm. Whether we are aware of it or not, pain can often trigger a fear response and create anxiety stored in the body. Cramping in the abdomen, that is not linked to high risk pathological concerns but has been confirmed by a doctor, as Dysmenorrhea (painful periods), Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be more easily managed with the support of healing touch or Acupuncture.

What is Visceral Manipulation?

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is an anatomy based therapy that focuses on the movement and function of the organs and how they neurogenically and physically affect the rest of the body. VM uses gentle but specific fascial stretching and mobilization techniques of the organs in the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis.

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As Awareness Around Endometriosis Grows, So Too Does The Use of Acupuncture For Its Relief

This past month you may have seen some yellow ribbons being worn and some events such as the Million Women March for “the invisible disease”. This particular yellow ribbon campaign is conducted to promote awareness for Endometriosis, the disease commonly referred to as “the invisible disease” or “Eve’s curse”. It is a condition that affects as many as 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, is present in 50% of women experiencing infertility and is now the leading cause of chronic pelvic pain in women.

Chinese Medicine treats the pain associated with Endometriosis

The prevalence of endometriosis is much more common than you might think, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada report that 1 in 10 women of reproductive age have endometriosis and it was found to be present in at least half of the women who report experiencing chronic pelvic pain. For many women it may go undiagnosed until later in life when they experience fertility challenges. The most common symptom associated with endometriosis is pelvic pain that may range from mild to extreme and is directly related to the menstrual cycle.

Natural Solutions for Endometriosis

Endometriosis - non-malignant cancer of the uterus, is one way of describing this condition affecting 15% of women of reproductive age. Endometriosis cells act like cancer cells - growing and attracting their own blood supply. For most women, this condition can be extremely painful at every period and can prevent them from getting pregnant. There are several important factors to consider when treating endometriosis. These are inflammation, autoimmunity, blood vessel formation, estrogen dominance and progesterone resistance.

Chinese Medicine and Painful Periods

Many women experience painful periods, or dysmenorrhea. This pain can be debilitating while interrupting work, family and social life, as well as increasing our reliance on conventional pain killers such as Advil and Motrin. Here at Yinstill, we successfully treat painful periods by examining the quality and timing of the pain, as well as details of the menstrual history, menstrual blood and other related symptoms. These details allow us to diagnose the cause of disharmony and to choose the best acupoints to attain balance.

Lifestyle Changes to Decrease Estrogen Excess

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Excess estrogen or ‘estrogen dominance’ refers to a state of hormone imbalance that may be due to stress, toxins, or poor detoxification. Excess estrogen causes uncomfortable symptoms in women including:

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