Menopausal/Premenopausal symptomsHot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood swings, concentration and memory problems are all things that we see our patients suffering from during this transitional time of their life. There are many things you can do during this time to control and reduce these symptoms. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can both be very helpful, as well as the avoidance of certain foods that can exacerbate your symptoms.
EndometriosisEndometriosis is the growth of endometrial tissue in areas of a woman’s body outside the uterus. It can be a painful condition, and can also impact fertility. Western medicine has found there to be a number of different factors that may be involved in the development of endometriosis, but some of the main ones are related to impaired immune function, physical anomalies of the reproductive organs, as well as genetic predisposition.
From an environmental health perspective, exposures to dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls have been linked to endometriosis in primates, as well as exposure to diethylstibestrol (DES) in utero. High alcohol and caffeine consumption has been linked to increased risk of endometriosis and there appears to be a link between endometriosis and exposures to estrogenic compounds.
Generally, what is seen in women with endometriosis from our view at Nurture is an issue with the circulation of blood, as well as the appearance of certain pathologies linked to inflammation. Using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine we address the pathologies that we see with regards to the underlying issues of what may be causing the endometriosis. We also advise our patients on appropriate food and lifestyle choices based on both Chinese and environmental medicine.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)PMS is a group of symptoms that can include anxiety, depression, irritability, digestive issues, breast distention, and low energy. The symptoms usually begin 1 to 2 weeks before the start of the period. In our society PMS is something that is very prevalent, and can range from being a nuisance to, in some cases, debilitating. Many women feel powerless to control their feelings and emotions during this time. Chinese medicine links this disorder with high stress levels, frustration or anger, inappropriate food choices, and overall imbalance. When patients begin treatment with us, the resolution or improvement of these symptoms is typically one of the first things they notice.