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Can Acupuncture Treat Menstrual Pain?

It is common for women to feel run down during their menstrual cycles. Bouts of physical pain are often entangled in feelings of restlessness and sudden waves of fatigue, arriving like clockwork. Because they have been misinformed, many women simply accept this pain as part of their body’s natural processes.

You needn’t live through the distress; menstrual pain can be treated through acupuncture.

How it Works Can Acupuncture Treat Menstrual Pain?

Similar to how a heat pad helps soothe contractions in the uterus, acupuncture helps stimulate blood flow to this area. The improved passage of blood flow triggers the release of endorphins, which helps to minimize body discomfort, mood swings, and general irritability.

In terms of hormone regulation, acupuncture works similarly to oral contraceptives in that it relieves several pain symptoms while also balancing out the brain’s hormone regulator, all while utilizing the body’s own energy to restore itself to a naturally improved condition.

Who Benefits?

Acupuncture is an ideal therapy choice for female athletes in particular, who use acupuncture to get rid of cramps, which, if left untreated, can become quite debilitating on game day. Truly, though, women of all activity levels can benefit from this treatment if they find their symptoms are causing discomfort.

And if being a woman isn’t hard enough, we have yet to mention the slew of other symptoms they experience during menstruation; cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and breast sensitivity accompany period pain as well. Women who suffer from these symptoms every month should consider trying a few acupuncture sessions if they find their condition worsening.

When Should I Start?

Women who take birth control pills regularly over an extended period of time, and then decide to stop taking them, will find that as their menstrual cycles begin leveling out, their symptoms may strike, this time stronger.

Some women experience heightened anxiety, headaches, and insomnia after stopping birth control. This can greatly impact their quality of life. Acupuncture is a holistic practice that can offer these women a long-term solution, when treated consistently.

To determine whether acupuncture can help you with menstrual pain, contact WellStream Acupuncture to speak to our licensed acupuncturist, who will answer the questions you have about your current condition, or call 323.463.9355 today.