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Women’s Health

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Women’s health and acupuncture

Female Health

Our 30 year reputation for the highest quality holistic treatments has been built one client at a time and has only been possible by working with exceptional therapists. Over the years we have worked with amazing health care professionals, like Susana, who have brought their skills and experience working with leaders in the field of acupuncture and women’s health, including the internationally renowned Zita West and Jill Glover. Susana is known for her infectious positivism and blends unique treatments, which may include moxa, electro-acupuncture or therapeutic laser therapy, together with holistic massage and advice regarding nutrition and lifestyle as appropriate.

Many problems are influenced and affected by circulating hormones, which in turn can lead to other problems and symptoms. Acupuncture is known to have wide reaching physiological effects, yet also has psychological and emotional effects, which are essential components of recovery, relief and well-being. Because of the holistic approach, which takes into account the person as a whole, acupuncture can also offer treatment for a range of different conditions at the same time.

Has your problem been investigated?

Before going further we stress that it is important that you have diagnosis for your problems and this would usually be from consultation your GP. If we treated you with acupuncture and your symptoms subsided you would associate that with improved health, but if the problem was something else the reality may be that we have delayed you seeing your GP and your problems investigated. Once any underlying condition has been considered, acupuncture can provide great relief, without drugs, for a group of problems difficult to relieve by mainstream medical approaches.

What problems do we treat, and how?

We treat many health problems and have listed the more frequent problems that we see together with a breakdown of how treatment is thought to work.

  • Regulation of menstrual cycle

One of the key areas of restoring balance is to regulate the menstrual cycle. Irregular periods are associated with an irregular everything else, and it is often this utter lack of predictability that can cause much stress and anxiety, which can then further disturb the cycle. Not only that, but many health problems also affects the menstrual cycle, such as low or high weight, thyroid problems, stress, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and others, so we also considered during treatment.
Our acupuncturists seek to influence the cause of the problem and restore balance. Regulation of the menstrual cycle brings about less wild fluctuations of symptoms, a feeling of control and restoration of calmness. Obviously, more predictable monthly cycles mean that natural childbirth control will be more reliable, and this regulation will also help people trying to conceive and we have a whole section on fertility & IVF support, one of Susana’s special interests.

  • Premenstrual Syndrome / Tension (PMS & PMT)

PMS and PMT are used interchangeably and cause wild swings in emotion and moods, affecting quality of life and relationships. Many women also describe physical problems such as tender breasts, joint pain and headaches. BUT WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE DO?

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal problem affecting approximately 1 in 10 women. Symptoms can range from irregular periods to weight gain and increased body hair growth. We offer a safe treatment for PCOS without the adverse effects of pharmacologic interventions. Acupuncture is thought to work by increasing blood flow to the ovaries, reducing ovarian volume and the number of ovarian cysts, normalizing hormone levels to promote regular periods, controlling hyperglycaemia, reducing cortisol levels and assisting in weight loss.

  • Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chronic condition characterised by growth of womb lining tissue in parts of the body other than the uterus. The most common symptoms are painful, heavy and irregular periods, infertility and lower back pain. We use techniques that have been shown to provide pain relief, help regulate your menstrual cycle, and help with fertility problems.

  • Heavy bleeding (menorrhagia)

Heavy bleeding interferes with a woman’s physical, emotional, social and quality of life. It can be associated with underlying conditions such as Fibroids or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which require medical assessment. Sometimes thyroid problems may be related. The holistic nature of Susana’s treatment means that it aims to reduce many symptoms through restoration of balance and regulation.

  • Abdominal Pain (Dysmenorrhoea)

Although abdominal pain should always be investigated, when dysmenorrhoea causes problems in teenage years or early 20’s it is not usually associated with an underlying condition and often improves over time. If this becomes a problem in the 30’s or 40’s it may be associated with an underlying condition. Your GP will be able to help identify any possible causes.
Susana has a special interest in pain relief and provides support for women using acupuncture and other techniques such as laser therapy to work alongside drug therapies and mainstream medical approaches to relieve symptoms and promote recovery.

  • Menopause

While many women may opt for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for alleviating the symptoms of the menopause, our acupuncturists offer an alternative for women wishing to avoid prescription medication and who seek a treatment with a low propensity for side effects to counter the many symptoms that occur during this period.

Other benefits

The benefits of acupuncture often go beyond treating or alleviating a specific condition. People often find themselves with increased energy levels, a healthier appetite, a better quality of sleep, more positive attitudes and a greater overall sense of well-being. If you suffer from a long-standing problem not listed and wish to know if, or how, acupuncture can help improve your condition please contact us and we will arrange for someone to speak with you and discuss how acupuncture can help your problem.

Do I need to bring anything along to my appointment?

No. There is nothing specific other than to read the preparations necessary for your ‘First Appointment’ section here.

Should I stop other treatments?

Absolutely not. Our ultimate aim is for people to be off all medication wherever possible, to live without problems or symptoms, and without dependence on healthcare professionals, including us! However we stress that any alteration or reduction in prescribed medication is dependent upon many unique considerations and discussions with Susana who would, with your consent, then discuss this with your GP if appropriate. You should continue to take your medication as usual unless specifically advised not to.