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Acupuncture has been recognized as a valuable therapeutic option for managing dysmenorrhea, a condition characterized by lower abdominal pain and discomfort during menstruation. This traditional Chinese medicine practice involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote overall well-being.

The etiology of dysmenorrhea in traditional Chinese medicine is often attributed to Qi stagnation, blood stasis, and the congealing of cold and damp elements. The main goal of acupuncture in treating dysmenorrhea is to regulate the Qi and blood within the thoroughfare and conception vessels, while also aiming to warm menstruation and alleviate pain. The specific treatment plan is customized based on the individual's symptoms and pattern differentiation.

Acupuncture sessions for dysmenorrhea typically commence around one week before the onset of menstruation. By focusing on specific acupoints associated with the reproductive system and areas affected by pain, acupuncture aims to restore the balance of energy and alleviate the underlying causes of dysmenorrhea.

For primary dysmenorrhea, which is not associated with any other medical condition, significant improvements are often observed after 2-3 consecutive courses of acupuncture treatment. The effectiveness of acupuncture in managing dysmenorrhea is believed to be related to its ability to promote the smooth flow of Qi and blood, thereby reducing stagnation and addressing the root causes of pain.

It's important for individuals seeking acupuncture for dysmenorrhea to consult with a qualified and experienced acupuncturist who can tailor the treatment plan to their specific symptoms and overall health. Acupuncture, when performed by skilled practitioners, is generally considered safe and can be a valuable complementary therapy for managing dysmenorrhea and improving overall menstrual health.

by Yunbo (Polly) Zhou R Ac

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During the seasonal changes between summer and fall, various patients experience sinus inflammation with severe frontal headache, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, red and teary eyes and sneezing. In some patients, this has also triggered Trigeminal Neuralgia (facial pain). Acupuncture treatments to help open up nasal passages, get rid of headache, clear redness from the eyes and stop sneezing has helped patients to feel better. Acupuncture has anti-inflammation properties. It can definitely help with pain relief and improve breathing.

From Simi Rahman R.Acu Some common acupuncture points used to treat sinus issues or allergic rhinitis include:

  • Bitong (EM7)

  • Yingxiang (LI20)

  • Hegu (LI4)

  • Quchi (LI11)

  • Juliao (ST3)

  • Yangbai (GB14)

  • Fenglong (ST40)

  • Shangxing (GV23)

  • Sibai (ST2)

  • Zanzhu (BI2)

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Symptoms like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, cramping, and abdominal pain are an indication that things are not moving through the digestive tract efficiently. The root cause of many digestive issues is often chronic stress, improper diet, poor sleep habits, and other lifestyle issues.

Acupuncture helps by balancing the gut-brain axis and the nervous system to reduce stress, which in turn improves digestive function. One of the side effects of an overactive sympathetic nervous system is decreased digestive function. Acupuncture also help reduce pain and inflammation which helps regulate stomach acid and promote peristalsis.

Acupuncture can help with the following digestive issues (and others):

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

  • IBS

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Acid reflux

  • Ulcerative colitis

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