Acupuncture and Endometriosis
In my Chicago Practice I often treat women with endometriosis. Chinese Medicine is very helpful for the menstrual difficulties associated with endometrosis such as pain, discomfort and sometimes inferility. I found this informative article on Alternative Medicine Info, Tips and Articles
Alternative Treatment for Endometriosis
In recent years, acupuncture has gained widespread popularity in the West to treat a variety of ailments, from stress to infertility to PCOS. Said to originate in China more than 3000 years ago, there is evidence to suggest that Europeans may have used acupuncture as much as 2000 years before the Chinese. Despite its longevity, it is not exactly clear precisely how acupuncture works.
Acupuncture operates on the belief that the body is comprised of many different pathways or meridians. Along these acupuncture meridians runs an energy force known as “Qi.” If qi becomes blocked or stagnate anywhere along a pathway, it will cause your body to become imbalanced and produce physical symptoms, such as pain or illness. By stimulating the energy through various Acupuncture Points found along the meridians, qi can flow freely again, helping your body regain its balance. This is done by inserting long, thin, sterile acupuncture needles along specific pathways associated with an individuals symptoms. The needles are left in place for 20 to 45 minutes per session.
In the case of endometriosis, it is thought the acupuncture helps ease the symptoms by improving circulation and stabilizing your hormones. It is also thought that acupuncture may contribute to reducing pain by helping your body release more endorphins, your bodys natural defense against pain.
So, just how effective is acupuncture for endometriosis? In one study, that involved 67 women suffering from dysmenorrheal (severe menstrual pain) caused by their endometriosis, half of the women received acupuncture. From this group, 81% of the women reported having less painful periods after the acupuncture.
If you are considering using acupuncture, be aware that it can take several sessions before you benefit from this treatments full effects. You and your acupuncturist will decide upon just how many sessions you require. When making an appointment, be sure to look for a fully qualified professional that has received proper training and is certified through the appropriate regulating boards.
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