By Stephen Ko, Registered Acupuncturist at Teamworks Health Clinic in Vancouver
Are you having trouble having a baby? Either having difficulty conceiving or being troubled with miscarriages? Fertility can be an extremely difficult issue for a lot of women and many cases can be treated or improved by Acupuncture.
Has anyone ever told you that it is normal to have menstrual cramps before or during the menstrual cycle? Or has anyone ever told you that a normal cycle can last from 21 days to 35 days (Really??? That’s a 40% discrepancy in this range!)? Are you (or your loved one) suffering from PMS and you think it’s just how it has to be? Well, you might be surprised to find out the truth! Having menstrual issues means that the uterus is not functioning at 100% and that could be one of the main reasons for infertility.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uterus is a very special extra organ for females because not only is it the womb for the fetus to grow, but it is also an organ to gather energy and to expel wastes. Blockages of energy flow and blood circulation will cause menstrual symptoms both physically and emotionally. If before, during, or after menstrual cycle, you experience cramps, swelling and/or tenderness of breasts, or lower back/hip pain, that means the uterus may not be functioning at 100%. It doesn’t mean that the uterus is not healthy per say, it just means that it won’t be able to gather energy or detox for you at the optimal level. And if the uterus is not at an optimal state, chances of pregnancy will be reduced.
In addition to the physical symptoms discussed above, energy flow also impacts the emotions. It is believed in Traditional Chinese Medicine that blockages of meridian energy flow and blood circulation affects other meridians that runs through different organs and that’s the reason for PMS and pre or post-partum depression.
A Registered Acupuncturist would be able to help you figure out the imbalance of Qi and blood circulation in your body and bring it to an optimal state. If you have any fertility issues, menstrual irregularities or have friends that you know are suffering from menstrual problems, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with our Registered Acupuncturist for alternative help.