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Using Acupuncture To Help Cure Women's Health Issues

 

by Claudia Weitkemper 

 

 

There are times when women suffer from health issues that are impossible to predict. Often, however, there are measures that can be taken to improve the health and wellbeing of women. Acupuncture is one such treatment that has shown promise. The following list covers several health issues that have a large impact on women, as well as outlines how acupuncture can make a difference with the outcome of these concerns:

Heart Disease

Many people think of cardiovascular disease as something that primarily affects men. However, it has a huge impact on women as well, accounting for almost thirty percent of all deaths. Women usually are not diagnosed with the condition until the situation is dire. As a result, it is important to take early measures to help prevent the disease. Acupuncture has the ability to cut back your risk of heart disease by up to eighty percent.


In order to see the best effects, there are several things that you need to do. Keep an eye on your cholesterol and blood pressure. If you smoke, try to quit. Improve your diet and make sure you are within a healthy weight range. Stay active, committing to 30 minutes of exercise per day, and try to sleep more. Acupuncture is one way to make the path to these changes easier. This is because the treatment encourages the body to release opioids. This cuts down on how much oxygen the heart needs, bringing down blood pressure as well.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is when there is a loss of bone mass. As a result of this loss of mass, fractures become more likely. Contrary to popular belief, however, osteoporosis is not only about having a calcium deficiency. There are a number of factors that come into play, including how the body uses calcium to even out the blood's pH levels. Sixty eight percent of the people affected by osteoporosis are women, and there are several things that those affected could have done to prevent the disease.


Osteoporosis starts when a person is young. The choices they make early on help to determine how the disease progresses. Bone mass continues to build until you are thirty years old. At that point, the body begins to maintain old bone.


If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, eat well, stay active, and incorporate acupuncture into your life. Your life will be better as a result.

Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are those where the immune system sees the body as a threat and negatively affects the tissue in the body. For example, both multiple sclerosis and lupus are autoimmune diseases. Type 1 diabetes is as well.


Nearly three quarters of all autoimmune diseases are diagnosed in women. Most of these diseases are not very prevalent on their own. However, when you group them all under the umbrella of autoimmune diseases, they are the fourth leading cause of disability for women.


Autoimmune diseases are not easy to handle. Acupuncture can be useful when it comes to managing pain and getting the immune system back on track. In addition, it can help with quality of life and the ability to keep the symptoms of the disease under control.

Cancer

Cancer is not as deadly as it used to be, thanks in part to early detection and better treatment methods. However, the treatment itself is hard on the body, compromising the immune system and causing negative side effects. Women are typically diagnosed with colorectal, lung and breast cancer. Breast cancer is the number one in terms of cases diagnosed, but it is second when it comes to the number of deaths. It is important to be screened for breast cancer early and to perform regular self-exams.


Acupuncture is helpful in reducing the amount of pain and cutting back on the number of side effects associated with cancer. It can also help the patient recover faster and have a better quality of life.

Depression

Up to twenty five percent of women may suffer from some form of depression. When the immune system does not function properly it impacts social connections and work performance. People with depression often feel tired, have difficulty sleeping, don't think they are valuable, and tend not to be interested in activities. Some even consider suicide because they do not see any other way to handle their issues.


Oriental medicine seeks to connect the mind, spirit and body. It does not think that human beings consist of a variety of parts, each meant to be focused on in different situations. Therefore, Oriental medicine wants to help balance the whole body, making sure that both the body and the mind are in a good place. This, combined with acupuncture, can help individuals that are depressed. If you suffer from this condition, think about going to an acupuncture session. It will help you get into a better frame of mind and keep you healthier over time.

Gynecology

Infertility, menopause, fibroids, premenstrual syndrome and endometriosis are all gynecological issues that women face. Acupuncture has successfully treated these concerns for many years now. Oriental medicine has taken the stance that a person will stay healthy and well for many years if there is a balance in their body. It also feels that natural production of hormones is important.


Menopause occurs when a woman stops ovulating. Some symptoms are quite severe while others are markedly easier to handle. These symptoms are the result of the body trying to deal with less estrogen. Many women have trouble sleeping, night sweats, hot flashes, difficulty remembering things, headaches, exhaustion and even weight gain. When a women goes through menopause, she needs to cut back on the stress in her life, eat well, and make sure that her blood sugar is normal.


Oriental medicine takes each case of menopause individually. It looks at the symptoms that the individual is suffering from and works to combat those with bodywork, herbs, acupuncture, lifestyle changes and exercise. As a result, each person that goes in will get their own plan for success. They may be encouraged to eat different foods than another person. They may have different herbs used on them. Their acupuncture points may not be the same. The plan is truly tailored to the person that is receiving the treatment, which is why it is so effective.


Menopause does not have to be as bad as some people think it is. Using Oriental medicine to treat the problem, and changing your diet and lifestyle, can truly help the situation. You can actually see an increase in your energy level and may be able to go on a personal journey that results in the growth of the mind, body and spirit. Look into your options before you simply accept your symptoms as a part of life.

As you can see, acupuncture can help women with a number of health issues. When choosing an acupuncturist for yourself or a loved one, it is important to check state regulations where you live to verify the person doing your treatments knows how to properly perform acupuncture. If you’d like to take your research a step further, you can verify with your state’s acupuncture board if the provider you’ve chosen has any complaints or grievances filed against them. For example, in California, acupuncture is regulated through the Department of Consumer Affairs. Let’s do a quick search for Claudia Weitkemper of Natural Healing Ways. Pay close attention to the Status column. Claudia’s record is clear. This is good. Now after you’ve selected a licensed provider, it is recommended to schedule a consultation to make sure you feel comfortable not only with the acupuncturist, but also with the environment where the services will be performed. Once you’ve taken these extra precautions, you can rest assured that you’ve found the right person for you.


 



 

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