1075 Hadley Ave. N. Suite 106 Oakdale, MN 55128
Debi Rene Weiss, LAc., Dipl.Ac., R.N., MaOM
Acupuncturist, Medical Herbalist, Holistic Nurse
An alternative to treating your women's health issues.
•4 in 5 menstruating American women experience at least 1 PMS symptom monthly
•7 in 10 American women over the age of 50 experience hot flashes
•Severe headache pain is prevalent among women in their reproductive years
•75% of women experience at least 1 vaginal yeast infection in their life. 5 – 8% of women experience reoccurring infections, upwards of 4 per year.
The menstrual cycle, from puberty through menopause, is a continuous hormonal rhythm. Female health and fertility is intimately related to menstrual health. The term “yuejingbing” is the Chinese medicine term for cyclical disorders. Unlike western medical approaches to control or override the menstrual cycle via pharmaceutical and/or surgical interventions, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine aim to restore the hormonal rhythm and homeostasis.
•Vaginal itching, discharge, infection, bleeding
•Menstrual disorders – absent, irregular, scanty, heavy or painful periods
•PMS – Physical: palpitations, backache, bloating, breast distention, appetite changes/cravings, constipation, cramps, dizziness, easy bruising, fainting, fatigue, headaches, hot flashes, insomnia, joint/muscle pain, exhaustion, nausea/vomiting, skin blemishes, swelling of hands/feet, weight gain
•PMS – Psychological: agitation, confusion, brain fog, crying spells, depression, difficulty concentrating, emotional hypersensitivity, forgetfulness/memory loss, irritability, mood swings, nervousness, anxiety, short temper, impatience, social withdrawal
•Peri-menopause & menopause – hot flashes, insomnia, brain fog
•Pregnancy, nausea/vomiting, pain, fatigue, post-partum depression/anxiety
Our bodies are governed by elegant self-regulation, self-correcting mechanisms. Western medicine calls this internal balancing act homeostasis. Blood pressure regulation, pH balance, blood sugar level, regular heartbeat, wound healing, etc. are all examples of homeostasis. Chinese Medicine refers to homeostasis as balanced Yin and Yang.
Our lifestyle directly impacts our health by challenging or supporting our homeostatic nature. A daily life reliant on processed foods, stress, lack of sleep or exercise all drain our bodies while simultaneously depriving them of a variety of nourishment.
Furthermore, toxicity from estrogen-mimicking chemicals in the environment and products, pesticides, herbacides and hormones in meat and dairy foods interfere with our hormone balance. Additionally, these compounds stress our liver detoxification pathways creating further metabolic imbalances.
At Transition To Health we treat women’s health issues holistically. We take a detailed history of your condition including the Women’s Health Questionnaire, a lifestyle assessment including body composition, and review the Metabolic Detoxification Questionnaire. From this information an individual treatment plan is made.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and TCM in the treatment of over 43 common disorders, including gynecological disorders. Centuries of accumulated clinical experience validates the approach of varying, or staging treatment according to specific weeks of the menstrual cycle.
For example, in the treatment of PMS it is common to use acupuncture and/or herbs 2 weeks prior to the menses and stopped shortly after the start of the menstrual flow. Often two different herbal prescriptions are used depending upon the week of the cycle. A staging approach is also used to enhance ART fertility treatments and procedures. Morning sickness is commonly treated with acupuncture 1-3 times a week depending upon severity and whether vomiting is occurring. Menopausal hot flashes are best treated with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines.