5 Women’s Health Issues and how Acupuncture May Help.
Studies show that women are more susceptible to particular health conditions in comparison to men. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine advocate for a holistic approach to ensure the best quality of life for women. Acupuncture treatment may be effective at addressing some of the health problems women face. If you or someone you know is affected by one of the health issues listed below, visit Centre of Balance.
There are a variety of diseases that affect the cardiovascular system: heart valve disease, heart failure, arteriosclerosis, shock, congenital heart disease, and hypertension to name a few. The American Heart Association asserts that cardiovascular complications are the leading cause of death among women. Risk factors include substance abuse (e.g. smoking), poor sleep, stress, high blood pressure, and obesity. However, the risk of these diseases may be reduced by integrating acupuncture with a heart-healthy lifestyle. Practitioners at Centre of Balance Hamilton advocate for healthy lifestyle changes along with acupuncture to help prevent and treat heart disease. Recommendations include:
- Applying acupuncture needles to specific points on the arm and leg may lower blood pressure. This may reduce the risk of heart disease as evidenced by a 2007 study published in the American Heart Association Journal.
- Acupuncture may help women maintain a healthy weight in several ways. It may help reduce anxiety, suppress appetite, regulate elimination, maximise the absorption of nutrients, and energise the body.
- Other techniques such as acupressure, meditation, dietary therapy, traditional Chinese medicine, Qi Gong exercises, and Tui Na may also be used. These techniques may help regulate the level of stress in your life and improve your heart’s health.
- Acupuncture may also help in treating unhealthy habits such as smoking and insomnia which increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS involves a sustained and noticeable decrease (constipation) or increase (diarrhoea) in the frequency of elimination. Results from a study by the University of York showed women have a significantly higher chance of developing IBS, and that acupuncture may minimise the severity of symptoms. IBS is caused by a disharmony of the spleen and liver meridians leading to uneven physical processes, irregular Qi flow, and Qi stagnation. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine focus on correcting these imbalances by supporting the Qi flow and alleviating the symptoms.
Depression refers to the prolonged feeling of sadness and loss of interest in life activities. The World Health Organization recognises depression as the leading mental health problem affecting women, who have twice the risk of experiencing depression than men. This is partly due to the changing estrogen levels and loss of Qi during menstruation, menopause, and giving birth. Acupuncture treatment, may help the body manage stress, support the immune system, and may eventually correct the depressive imbalances.
These are disorders such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and celiac disease, in which the immune system attacks the body. Due to the severity and complexity of these diseases, experts recommend the incorporation of alternative therapies alongside conventional treatment. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine may improve the patients’ quality of life by managing the symptoms, regulating the immune system, and relieving pain.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
As the name suggests, CFS hinders an individual’s ability to rest and is characterised by insomnia, reduced memory, feeling tired all the time, chronic pain, and flu-like symptoms. Just like the other diseases in this list, women are at a higher risk of developing CFS than men. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine may help by enhancing harmony in the body, hence reducing the mental and physical fatigue.
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Turnbull, F. & Patel, A. (2007). Acupuncture for Blood Lowering. American Heart Association Journals. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.706952
WHO. (2018). Depression. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression