From menopause to tennis elbow, medical acupuncture promotes natural healing for a myriad of women’s health concerns. While many people associate acupuncture with pain control, the World Health Organization also recognizes its effectiveness in treating a wide range of medical problems.
Our bodies are supported by a vital energy system. This energy flows through pathways called meridians. According to traditional Chinese Medicine theory, obstructions in these pathways back up the flow of energy in one part of the body and restrict it in others. This blockage creates imbalance.
Acupuncture needles inserted at specific points along the meridians unblock obstructions and restore balance.
For women facing issues related to menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, digestive issues, urinary problems, endometriosis and fibroids, relief from symptoms may be found through acupuncture.
In addition, clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful for arthritis, dental and facial pain, digestive disorders, fatigue, fibromyalgia, menopausal symptoms and nausea. It has also aided those with sleep disorders and fatigue associated with chemotherapy and smoking cessation. Childhood conditions such as ADD, anxiety and sports injuries like tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and frozen shoulder have also been assisted with acupuncture.
Diane Kloecker, LAC, MSOM, Dipl. OM, practices acupuncture at the new TriHealth Women’s Center Kenwood says, “At the Women’s Center, we are focused on the healthcare needs of women older than 40. The integrative medicine team works together with the patient’s primary care physician and specialists to determine treatment options for symptom relief related to many women’s health concerns.”
By causing a little micro-trauma into the body, acupuncture stimulates anti-inflammatory activity and the immune system. Acupuncture puts the body in a super-healing state, which includes balancing the nervous system and stimulating the brain itself to release serotonin and endorphins. Acupuncture can provide an early treatment of problems before they escalate into serious health threats with minimal side effects.
One thing that prevents people from using acupuncture is a fear of needles. People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most people feel only minimal discomfort as the hair-thin, disposable needles are inserted; some feel no discomfort at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no discomfort.
If you have a fear of needles, Diane encourages you to be honest about their feelings and keep open lines of communication about your comfort levels. “It is natural for people to have concerns and reservations about acupuncture because for many, it is a very new, foreign therapy,” Diane said.
A majority of the time, Diane says she patients find acupuncture to be anti-climactic. “The needles are hundreds of times less thick than injection needles, she said. “Most acupuncture patients will have no sensation whatsoever.”