Hormones are chemicals that serve to control and regulate the activity of certain cells and organs within our bodies. However, hormones must be balanced for our bodies to function properly daily. When hormones are imbalanced, they can cause a variety of health problems that can greatly affect your day to day activities and decrease your quality of life. For those unaware, pharmaceutical medicine is not the only method to help rebalance your hormones.
Acupuncture, an ancient medical therapy, has been observed to treat hormone imbalances successfully. Its effectiveness has been studied by some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, such as Harvard University, and is respected as a legitimate medical treatment. Here’s what else you should know about the benefits of seeking acupuncture to help with hormone balance:
In basic anatomy terms, hormones are chemicals that exist within living beings that help to signal and carry out specific functions to distinct parts of the body. Hormones are extremely important because they regulate every function that keeps us alive, including:
- Heart rate
Because hormone balance is imperative, a small change in hormonal levels can have major effects on how a person feels and acts. This change in behavioural patterns is more noticeable among women, as an imbalance of estrogen levels can cause:
- Bone weakness
- Weight changes
- Increased thirst
- Difficulty sleeping
It’s important to note that while it’s essential to have balanced estrogen levels, high levels of estrogen is a major risk factor that can lead to the development of breast cancer. It’s accompanying symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Hair loss
- Irregular menstrual cycles
How Does Acupuncture Work?
It would be difficult to fully explain how acupuncture works in extensive detail, but a few relatively simple concepts can help you to understand it better. The overall purpose of acupuncture is to improve a person’s Qi (a.k.a. Chi), which is a person’s life force. This life force moves in channels throughout the body and can have a major effect on how you feel and function day to day.
Acupuncture has been around for centuries and is a natural way to treat many common ailments, including hormonal imbalances. Common Western medicine typically prescribes synthetic hormones to correct an imbalance. This can be effective, but it also carries some risks. Studies have suggested that these medications can increase the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and cancer.
Acupuncture is a good alternative to pharmaceuticals because not only is it a safe procedure without the use of harmful chemicals, but it has few, if any, side effects. Acupuncture does not aim to “force” the body to do anything. Instead, it seeks to help the body to heal itself and encourage it to find its own balance.
A skilled acupuncturist treats the pathways in the body through the flows of Qi, which are known as meridians. The acupuncturist will sit down with you and form a plan to determine how best to treat your hormone imbalance. They will determine the meridians on which they will focus, and how they will help your body to regain balance.
Acupuncture for Hormonal Imbalance
After the acupuncturist determines the best plan for your hormonal imbalance, they will use acupuncture needles throughout the body to help the Qi course through your system. They will then advise you on a proper diet and exercise routine, as well as herbs or other materials that can help you balance your hormones.
Acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating hormonal imbalances has been documented in this study, performed by researchers at School of Science and Health, Penrith, NSW, Australia (among other institutions). This study states, “There is experimental data showing that acupuncture can influence female reproductive functioning, although the actual mechanisms involved are not yet clarified.”
This is an example of Western research concluding that acupuncture can be effective, especially when treating a woman’s hormonal imbalance.
A hormonal imbalance can damage every aspect of your life. Fortunately, there is an alternative treatment to Western medicine’s possibly harmful, synthetic pharmaceuticals. Acupuncture is a natural way to correct hormonal imbalances that has been observed, both scientifically and anecdotally, to correct these imbalances.
If you are not feeling like yourself and suspect your hormones are imbalanced, a consultation with an acupuncture specialist may shed some light on the cause, and the possible treatments available. Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture is a Calgary-based acupuncturist that’s dedicated to help you to reclaim your life and health. Contact us today to learn more about our services!
Dr. Hong Yan is the best acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist in Calgary, Alberta. With over 25 years of experience, she has gained vast knowledge in treating a variety of diseases and conditions, including—but not limited to—pain, infertility, menopause, stress-related disorders such as depression, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Schedule an appointment today and let Dr. Yan help you!