Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have played a pivotal role in women’s health in China for many generations.
In the West, much of a woman’s health is attributed to the proper function of her hormones and their management throughout the different stages of her life. Diet, exercise, weight, and stress can all affect a woman’s gynecological health, but many symptoms, such as PMS are seen as ‘just another thing to put up with’ and are typically managed with pain killers, or the contraceptive pill.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views the female body as a complete organism, where all parts rely on each other to regulate and harmonize function. Gynecological disorders are seen as indications of disorders of the person as a whole, and treatment is geared at achieving balance in all areas of the individual’s health. It holds that through the regulation of Yin and Yang, Blood and Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), using acupuncture and herbs, balance may be achieved, easing and halting the symptoms that are often thought of as all just ‘part of being a woman’.