Women’s Health, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
More Americans are turning to Chinese medicine to find symptomatic relief and long-term healing, while Western medical facilities are incorporating these therapies at unprecedented rates. In October 2016, Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, gave a keynote address at the International Conference on the Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Singapore, addressing its contribution to sustainable development. She pointed to the ability of TCM to help reduce the burden on health services, while also giving people more control over what is done to their bodies.
Acupuncture and TCM can particularly help women to live balanced and empowered lives. It encourages blood to flow more freely, often alleviating menstrual issues and symptoms of endometriosis and helping regulate cycles, cramps, headaches and other pains often associated with menstruation. This regulation can in turn help with fertility and, once pregnant, acupuncture can relieve the lower back and pelvic discomfort associated with pregnancy.
After delivery, many women find acupuncture treatments essential for rebuilding their qi (life force energy) and blood, increasing milk supply and dealing with postpartum depression. Later in life, TCM can treat menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitations and insomnia.
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine teaches acupuncture, massage and herbology at campuses in San Diego, New York and Chicago, including a new doctoral program. For more information, call 866-276-0717 or visit PacificCollege.edu.