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Women’s health is a big part of the healthcare industry. And acupuncture can be very beneficial in caring for the overall health of women. Acupuncture has been especially effective in helping with things like infertility, turning breech babies, inducing labor and clearing up infections. The cervix is just one small part of the uterus. Specifically it is the lower part of the uterus that opens to allow passage between the uterus and the vagina. The cervix widens during childbirth to allow the baby to pass, it also allows the passage of menstrual fluids from the uterus out of the body and it is vital for sperm to pass through the cervix to reach the uterus when trying to procreate.
The cervix is very vulnerable to several health conditions, such as chronic inflammation, polyps, dysplasia and even cancer. Cervical conditions rarely present symptoms in the early stages, which makes it extremely important for women to get regular pap smears. If an abnormality is detected, there are several ways to address it, depending on the severity. In the early stages of any of the aforementioned conditions, acupuncture can be a positive addition to Western medical treatments. Acupuncture is very good at decreasing inflammation and helping to dissolve polyps and tumors. Acupuncture can also balance hormones, which allows the body to correct any imbalances.
One of the most studied areas of acupuncture is in treating fertility issues. When invitro fertilization by itself does not get the job done, adding acupuncture may be the last piece of the puzzle. Acupuncture does much more than just balance the hormones. When a woman is trying to get pregnant and struggling with it due to fertility issues, the stress levels are extremely high. And high stress levels have been proven to disrupt the body’s ability to conceive. One of the things that acupuncture is really successful at is decreasing stress levels. This can make it easier for the fertility treatments to work. Acupuncture has also been shown to increase blood flow to areas of the body, including the uterus. This can help to make a very hospitable place for a baby to grow.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are also widely used for treating infections and sexually transmitted diseases. In traditional Chinese medicine, most infections have some sort of heat or discharge associated with them. This medicine uses principles, herbs and acupressure points that have specific properties that can drain heat and expel toxins from the body. This can lead to an overall improvement in both uterine and cervical health.
Another area where acupuncture can help with cervical health is at the time of birth. About four percent of babies are presented in the breech position prior to birth. An accessory modality known as moxibustion, has proven time and time again, that it can actually turn the baby to the proper birthing position. Moxibustion involves the burning of an herb, dried mugwort, very near the skin on a specific acupressure point that is located on the outer edge of the pinky toe. By performing moxibustion several times a day, the baby and the body somehow know that there needs to be a repositioning and the baby tends to turn during the night.
When it comes to women’s health, acupuncture is an amazing resource. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.
by Toni Twitty
Acupuncture OKC: Chinese Medicine Expert
Are you trying to get pregnant?
You may have heard that many women have turned to acupuncture to help them when things aren’t quite going as planned. Acupuncture is one of the most popular forms of alternative treatment for infertility, and for good reason: Studies have shown it to be as effective or even more effective than infertility medications like Clomid at inducing ovulation. This is remarkable because ovulation disorders are the number one cause of fertility issues. In addition, acupuncture helps improve uterine blood-flow, improve quality both eggs and sperm, and it balances hormones. It does all this while reducing stress, which is essential, as increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol are known to inhibit pregnancy. There are a variety of factors that go into infertility and we specialize in assisting both men and women in overcoming fertility set backs in a natural way.
How does acupuncture do all this?
According to Chinese medicine, we have several rivers in the body called meridians in which vital life energy, or qi, flows. An imbalance in these rivers can cause the qi to back up or even stop flowing, and cause the body to experience physical and emotional illness. By placing needles in specific points, Acupuncturists are able to reestablish the free flow of the vital life energy and coax the body back into balance. From a medical perspective, acupuncture causes the body to release hormones and blood cells that help regulate body processes related to things like reproduction. No matter which way you look at it, acupuncture has been shown to be a safe, effective, and drug free treatment for infertility. Contact us to see how acupuncture can help you achieve better health and fertility!
Toni Twitty, Acupuncture Physician at Be Well Acupuncture Edmond, OK is an highly respected expert Acupuncturist. She specializes in resolving pain, treating chronic conditions, and fertility. Learn more about Toni at: www.bewellokc.com