Acupuncture for Irregular Periods in Houston, Texas

At some point in her life, a woman has endured an irregular menstrual period. Though some women may experience a delay in the onset of their period, an irregular period is one that includes a consistent history of irregularity over time. Irregular periods can occur in a number of different ways; early menstruation, late menstruation and chaotic menstruation, in which the period is both early and late. Heavy menstrual bleeding and uterine bleeding during a cycle is also considered part of the condition. Some women may experience pain and cramping during menstruation while some women develop migraine headaches.

Acupuncture, as one of the potential remedies for irregular menstrual periods, was first prescribed in China more than 4,000 years ago. Since its inception, the use of acupuncture has expanded outside of China to nearly every country around the globe. Acupuncture is generally free from side effects and has been shown to relieve pain and symptoms of many types of maladies or diseases.

According to Chinese medicine, the body’s life energy, also known as “Qi” (pronounced chi), travels along meridians or rivers throughout the body. The flow of this natural energy can be blocked at certain points. When this is determined, the acupuncturist uses ultra-thin needles and inserts them in specific points throughout the body. The needles gently relieve the blockage and restore the normal flow of Qi.

Chinese medicine also describes certain weaknesses in the flow of Qi. These weaknesses cause people to become more susceptible to disease. The same weaknesses can also affect the body’s normal rhythm, which can manifest as irregular menstrual periods.

Acupuncture as a treatment for irregular periods is thought to balance the menstrual cycle, regulate the flow of menstrual fluids and relieve pain. Irregularity of the cycle is considered in Chinese medicine to originate in two of the body’s major energetic systems: the liver and the kidneys. Together, these two systems are responsible for regulating the biological clock which determines the menstrual cycle.

Treatment for irregular periods using acupuncture often takes place at regular intervals for the first 4-6 weeks and then is spaced according to the pattern of menstruation of the individual woman. Treatment continues until the menstrual cycle is considered to be regular. Most patients who have undergone acupuncture report a normal return of their menstrual periods.

In addition to irregular periods, acupuncture has also been successfully used to relieve menstrual cramping and other pain associated with the menstrual cycle.

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