The menstrual cycle is a very complex and finely tuned combination of many inter-related factors, where the physical and mental / emotional dimensions are inter-twined. Women may seek help from acupuncture for fluctuations in emotional state and energy levels around their cycle, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS – a more severe level of these fluctuations), painful periods, or an irregular, short or long cycle.
- In my experience traditional acupuncture and the approach of Oriental medicine in general is particularly suited to problems with the menstrual cycle for two reasons:
It aims to support the body’s ability to regain a state of balance itself – rather than manipulating hormones which may have other unwanted effects.
- Mind and body are understood as inter-related and so either or both of these aspects can be incorporated into treatment, as is appropriate for the person.