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Missing Menstrual Periods Restored with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs & Food

Discover the truth about Missing Menstrual Periods Acupuncture Treatment.

Amenorrhea is the medical term used when there is an absence of menstrual bleeding in women who are not pregnant, breastfeeding or peri-menopausal. 

Amenorrhea is further sub-classified into Primary amenorrhea or Secondary amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is a delay in or a failure to start menstruation by the age of 16; Secondary amenorrhea is an unexpected cessation of the menstrual cycle (missing menstrual periods) for three months or more. Missing menstrual periods can usually be restored naturally, within three months, with acupuncture, Chinese herbs and food therapy.  These same natural therapies will take about another six months to regulate the menstrual cycle.  Hormonal drugs do not truly restore nor regulate the menstrual cycle, as much as they force changes on the body and they come with the risk of side-effects such as weight-gain, blood clots cancer.

TCM Treatment

“For any woman suffering from unwanted menstrual symptoms or trying to get pregnant, I would highly recommend getting some needles and herbs from Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. Herbalist. She is truly amazing!” – Jen Click Here To Read More Patient ReviewsTraditional Chinese medicine (TCM) works by stimulating the body to regulate its naturally occurring hormones, thus helping to restore the normal hormonal balance of the body. Another reason why TCM is so beneficial in treating symptoms of amenorrhea is because the therapy involved focuses on treating the root of the problem rather than just the present symptoms. With a little investigation into your medical history and an accurate description of what you’re experiencing, you and your acupuncturist can get to the root of the problem.

Western Treatment

Because menstrual cycle irregularities are so strongly linked to hormone imbalances, Western doctors tend to prescribe hormone therapy to “regulate” the menstrual cycle. Hormones such as progesterone and estrogen are given to start or restart the periods; the birth control pill is the most popular form of estrogen replacement therapy. But women’s doctor’s  may also be offer The Patch, Nuvaring, or an hormonal IUD. Hormonal birth control is known to reduce folate in your body, so if you are planning to become pregnant and have used, or are using these drugs, talk to your doctor about taking a folate supplement to prevent birth defects.

If hormone replacement therapy is recommended to you, it is important for you to know about the functions of these hormones, as well as their side-effects and long-range effects.  Be aware that according to WEBMD.com,

The following side effects, easily remembered by the word “ACHES,” are less common but more serious. If you experience any of these, contact your doctor immediately. If you cannot reach your doctor, go to an emergency room or urgent care center for evaluation. These symptoms may indicate a serious disorder, such as liver disease, gallbladder disease, stroke, blood clots, high blood pressure, or heart disease. They include:

  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches (severe)
  • Eye problems (blurred vision)
  • Swelling and/or aching in the legs and thighs

 Prof. Juliette Aiyana’s Note About Hormonal Menstrual Treatments: Hormone therapies do not cure the root cause of the menstrual disease. Rather, they cover up the symptoms and in some cases cause side-effects. The birth control pill, the patch and the ring actually suppress your menstrual period by mimicking pregnancy for at least three weeks each month (birth control pill brands such as Seasonal mimic pregnancy for several months), after which a sugar pill is taken (or in the case of the patch and ring, no hormone is released). The sudden drop in hormone causes the body to respond as though it is no longer pregnant, which causes the uterine lining to bleed. Therefore, the hormonally-induced bleed is not like a naturally occurring menstrual bleed. So rather than regulating your cycle, these medications are suppressing it, which is the opposite effect a woman with missing menstrual periods needs to effectively regulate her natural menses.
To list all the side-effects of these drugs would warrant a special article. A few to watch out for are:weight gain, depression, lighter or skipped periods, bleeding between periods, nausea, vomiting, headaches or increased migraine headaches, decrease in libido, skin irritation at the site of the patch, vaginal discharge, irritation/inflammation of the vagina with use of the ring. Rarer side-effects include (but are not limited to) heart failure, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, blood clots of the eyes. The Ortho-Evra patch was once recalled by the FDA, who later approved an update labeling listing serious side-effects, including stroke, and allowed the product back onto the market.http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01781.html

Read more about menstrual suppression here at the Red Web Foundation website:
http://www.redwebfoundation.org/16.html?&clear=1#

 

In this article, we will focus on Secondary amenorrhea in the framework of Chinese medicine.

Not knowing why menstruation has stopped can be very stressful, and waiting for it to return may feel like a lifetime! Please note that in most Secondary amenorrhea cases, the underlying pathologies are commonly reversible and treatable with TCM.

Some of the Signs and Symptoms related to Secondary amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) include but are not limited to: 
Headaches, nausea, abdominal bloating and discomfort, swollen and distended breasts, hot flashes, night sweats, moods changes, acne, excessive hair growth, vaginal dryness or excessive discharge, fatigue, dizziness, palpitation, insomnia or dream-disturbed sleep, and emotional changes such as depression, frustration and anxiety.

TCM diagnosis of Secondary amenorrhea


* It should be noted that Secondary amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) can be due to different pathologies and that the syndrome patterns listed below can appear alone or in complex form; therefore you may have symptoms from one or all patterns described. 
In traditional Chinese medicine, groups of symptoms, or syndromes, are typically classified into patterns that involve the internal organs and/or energy pathways of the body. Since TCM concentrates on treating the root of the underlying problem, the practitioner will focus on you as a whole and find the symptom pattern(s) related to your condition. The TCM diagnosis first begins with differentiating the pathological changes of the body as either a Vacuous or Excess  pattern.

Vacuity Patterns

  • Kidney and Liver vacuity: There will be a gradual cessation of menstruation. The menses become thin and scanty, and then gradually stops altogether. Signs and symptoms include: absence of menstruation for a significant period of time, fatigue, soreness and weakness in the loins and legs, lower back pain, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, anxiety, hot flashes, excessive perspiration (especially at night), lusterless hair, brittle nails, and frequent urination.
  • Qi and Blood vacuity: There will be a gradual cessation of menstruation. Typically, periods become shorter and scantier and eventually stop altogether. Signs and symptoms include: absence of menstruation, pale complexion, general fatigue and weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, palpitations, bruises easily, headaches, weakness of the limbs, loose stools, palpitations, sleepiness, breathlessness, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, dry skin, lusterless hair and brittle nails.

Excess Patterns

  • Qi Stagnation: There will be an irregular menstrual cycle initially, and then the menstruation stops gradually or suddenly. Emotional stress is the most common origin of this pattern. Signs and symptoms include: absence of menstruation, depression, anxiety, a sensation of fullness in the chest and under the rib cage, swelling or fullness of the abdomen with an aversion to pressure, breast tenderness, headaches, lack of appetite, alternating diarrhea/constipation, and frequent sighing.
  • Blood Stasis: There will be an irregular menstrual cycle initially, and then the menstruation stops gradually or suddenly. Emotional stress or trauma is the most common origin of this pattern. Signs and symptoms associated are the same as the above symptoms of Qi stagnation but the pain may be intensified. Other signs and symptoms may include a palpable abdominal mass, purple lips, headaches, sallow complexion and dark skin macules.
  • Phlegm Dampness: There will be delayed periods (missing menstrual periods), and then menstruation gradually stops. Being overweight as well as the habitual consumption of cold, raw, or greasy foods (especially dairy products) are most likely the cause of this pattern. Signs and symptoms include: absence of menstruation, obesity, excessive sticky and clear vaginal discharge, nausea, headaches, chest constriction, phlegm in the throat, abdominal bloating, edema, fatigue and general weakness.

TCM Treatment Protocol

We advise you to come into the clinic 1 – 2 times per week for acupuncture and will usually combine a Chinese herbal formula and dietary change for you to take as well. Effectively treating the root cause of the Secondary Amenorrhea takes approximately three menstrual cycles. Some women will see a reduction in their symptoms right away while others may take a longer period of time. Stress levels, lifestyle, and general health are important factors involved in response time.

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Chinese Medicine From Pre-Conception Through Post-Partum

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese Medicine For Infertility

It can be extremely useful in all stages of gynecological and obstetric care.

For thousands of years, women have been treated for help conceiving, through all stages of pregnancy, and during and after childbirth. At Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist has been helping women become pregnant for over a decade. Below are more details on specific aspects of care with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Preconception

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been shown to increase blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus and hence increase the capacity for fertility and conception. Chinese medicine can be used to increase the chances of conceiving naturally or alongside medical interventions.

Women who experience irregular cycles, painful periods, PMS, or complications such as cysts or fibroids may be less fertile due to energetic imbalances causing those symptoms. Acupuncture along with Chinese herbs and Chinese Medicine can help balance and regulate the menstrual cycle, thus improving fertility levels.

Some patients that have been diagnosed with infertility are advised to undergo fertility treatment such as IUI (intra uterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization). It is quite useful to have the support of acupuncture and herbs through the ups and downs of assisted reproductive technology as well.

Studies have shown that IVF combined with acupuncture is 40%-60% more successful than IVF alonei. Results from another study showed a pregnancy was twice as likely to occur if acupuncture was used on the day of the embryo transferii.
Additionally, many couples have difficulty achieving pregnancy due in large part to the stress in their lifestyle. Stress can be a major factor involved in health problems and acupuncture treatment can significantly reduce the stress response in the body. Relaxing the body and mind allows the body to carry out a natural process like conception more smoothly, and often pregnancy is achieved in a healthy couple more quickly once tension and imbalances are removed.

 

Years ago, I saw Juliette when I wanted to be come pregnant. A fertility specialist told me I needed IVF, but after 3 months of acupuncture, I was pregnant. Since then, she has helped me though morning sickness, colds, and allergies. Each time, I’ve found her comprehensive and effective. She takes time with her patients and you always feel as if you are being well cared for”. -N.C. READ MORE HERE

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Pregnancy – 1st Trimester

Acupuncture can provide relief for some of the most common complaints in early pregnancy, such as nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches. Treatment can also help support appetite and energy, and avoid medications for ailments like allergies, colds, and pain syndromes. In addition, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese Medicine can reduce the chances of miscarriage, which is at highest risk during the first trimester.

Pregnancy – 2nd Trimester

Though most women are feeling relatively healthy during the 2nd trimester, continued treatment will support fetal growth and healthy development through balancing and strengthening the mother’s energy systems.

Pregnancy – 3rd Trimester
Acupuncture helps ease many of the discomforts of the 3rd trimester, such as back pain, sciatica, swelling, and insomnia. Treatment can also gently prepare the body for labor by ensuring smooth circulation of blood and energy to all tissues and organs involved. Patients who get acupuncture treatments throughout the pregnancy, especially the third trimester, report faster and less complicated deliveriesiii.

 

“I have been coming to Juliette on an off for 4 years. Each and every experience amazes me. Not only is her treatment incredibly effective but I’m also calmed the moment I walk through her door. Juliette has helped me flip a breach baby late in pregnancy, cope with kidney stones when no other treatment was possible, and helped me achieve a successful VBAC. I can’t recommend her work enough! She is truly an amazing healer”. -Jacqueline 

 

Pregnancy – End Stage

Breech Presentation
Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and an adjunctive technique, moxabustion are quite effective in turning breech babies, especially between weeks 32-37. In a 1998 Italian study, 130 women with breech presentation had daily moxabustion treatments during the 35th week of gestation. The study showed a 75% success rate in turning the breech babies head down. In a Japanese study conducted in 2000, 357 women had daily moxabustion, with a very impressive 92.5% correction rate. For specific research check these studies.

Induction and/or Labor

Treatment with acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in preparing the body for labor as well as shortening the duration and minimizing the intensity of pain levels. It can also assist with relaxation of mind and body in this potentially stressful time.

Acupuncture is also a safe method used to induce labors that are overdue and start contractions without the use of drugs. Some patients receive acupuncture for pain relief during labor if the doctor, midwife, hospital or birthing center allow it. Acupressure at certain acupoints on the body during labor has also been shown to provide relief.

“HOORAY + thank you !!! My water broke…we took our time getting to the hospital, and she was born [11 hour labor total]. 3 pushes and she was out! It was an amazing birth.. better than I could have hoped for…. I owe it all to you (and the gods above to be sure). It was literally night and day from [our older child’s birth] which was so stressful, in the dead of a cold, snowy, February night. This was filled with light and warmth and the beauty of spring… I was and am in a state of total bliss! I really cannot thank you enough, from the [acupuncture support through] IVF treatments, through the sciatica and helping me gently coax her into this world [we avoided a medical labor induction with acupuncture], I am forever in your debt. My family is complete and I am filled with gratitude. My little lady is such a piece of heaven.. i’m so in love!” -S.M. Age 38

Post-Partum

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese Medicine have been used for centuries to help mothers recover from delivery. Childbirth is an experience that drains energy, and Chinese herbs especially can provide a much-needed boost to combat the blood loss and fatigue most people experience. A quick recovery by the parent means the best care for the new baby!

Further, treatment can help if there are imbalances causing lactation problems or other nursing disorders. It is also    possible to speed recovery from cesarean section and reduce the appearance of scars with acupuncture.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat emotional imbalances such as anxiety, post-partum depression or other mood disorders.

Bonus
Many mothers who had acupuncture at times during or throughout their pregnancy report especially beautiful babies! This speaks not only to appearance (aren’t all babies beautiful?) but also to temperament- the baby’s disposition is often peaceful and happy!

Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
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iLiang, Lifang, OMD, PhD, Lac. Acupuncture & IVF – Increase IVF Success By 40-60%. September 2003, Boulder CO.
iiAcupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial, April 2006; Westergaard LG, Mao Q, Krogslund M, Sandrini S, Lenz S, Grinsted J; Fertility and Sterility; May 2006 (Vol. 85, Issue 5, Pages 1341-1346)
iiiAcupuncture: Review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials, World Health Organization, Geneva, 2002. www.who.int/medicines

The Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) with Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

Together with changes in diet and exercise, acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs are empowering women with PCOS to lead healthier and more satisfying lives.

For women trying to become pregnant, either naturally or through IUI/IVF treatments, treating PCOS will help with fertility and overall balance through harmonizing hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle.

While there is still no cure for PCOS, the good news is that Chinese medicine offers many effective ways to manage polycystic ovary syndrome.

All of Juliette Aiyana’s PCOS patients have restored their menstrual periods and many of them become pregnant naturally through natural treatments including Chinese herbs, dietary adjustments and acupuncture!

Overview of Healthy Ovarian Physiology

Thee ovaries are two organs on each side of the woman’s uterus which contain follicles, tiny fluid filled sacs (also called cysts), that hold the eggs. Each month approximately twenty eggs start to mature but usually only one egg fully matures; when the fully mature egg is ready, the follicle breaks open to release it. The fully mature egg then travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus for fertilization and implantation.

E-mail from a PCOS patient, “Just got my period!!!! Two weeks ago the cramps and moods meant I must have been ovulating! This explains why perhaps why I yelled a bit at my boss. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! And have a good weekend.”

Overview of Women with PCOS
In women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the ovary doesn’t make all of the hormones it needs for any of the eggs to fully mature. Follicles may start to grow and build up fluid but no one follicle becomes large enough. Instead, some follicles may remain as sacs/cysts. Since no follicle becomes large enough and no egg matures or is released, ovulation does not occur.

The distinctive appearance of PCOS is a thick, shiny, white coating overlying many rows of cysts on the surface of the ovary. These ovarian changes give PCOS its name (“poly” = many, “cystic” = cysts). PCOS is believed to be the most common hormonal abnormality in women of reproductive age and affects approximately 1 in 10 women (an estimated 5 to 7 million women in the United States).

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What are the Causes of PCOS?

The cause(s) of PCOS is unknown at this time; research suggests that many women with this condition may have decreased sensitivity to insulin. When cells are resistant to insulin it means that the effect of insulin on sugar, and other functions, is deficient. More insulin than normal is required to be produced to ensure that the body cells absorb enough sugar. This leads to high insulin levels in the blood stream which, among other effects, make the ovaries overproduce male hormones, called androgens, leading to hormonal imbalances that lead to symptoms of PCOS.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of PCOS?
PCOS is considered a syndrome because it has a number of unrelated symptoms. For this reason, PCOS often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Symptoms include:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle (infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding)
  • Infrequent or no ovulation
  • Weight gain or obesity
  • Increased levels of male hormones, called androgens, which may lead to excessive hair growth on the face +/or body (especially the face, chest, abdomen, nipple area, or back)
  • History of diabetes, over-production of insulin, and inefficient use of insulin in the body
  • Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • Patches of thickened and dark brown or black skin on the neck, groin, underarms, or skin folds
  • Skin tags, or tiny excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area

Polycystic Ovarian SyndromeHow Does PCOS Contribute to Infertility?

In short, if you are not ovulating regularly every month, the chances of fertilizing the egg are reduced. Because the egg is not released, there is no egg ready for fertilization and implantation in the uterus. Because PCOS affects the quality of the follicle and the state of the endometrium, the result will be that menstrual cycles become more erratic and less predictable. Women with PCOS will often very long cycles and very heavy bleeding, amenorrhea (missed periods), or anovulation (no ovulation) with scanty bleeding. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs help to regulate the menstrual cycle and harmonize the hormonal cycles of the body.

How Do Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Help PCOS?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs provide a safe, effective, drug-free and natural whole body approach.

This natural approach helps strengthen and (re)balance the hormonal systems of the body, encouraging conception and a healthy pregnancy.

“Years ago, I saw Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, when I wanted to be come pregnant. A fertility specialist told me I needed IVF, but after 3 months of acupuncture, I was pregnant. Since then, she has helped me though morning sickness, colds, and allergies. Each time, I’ve found her comprehensive and effective. She takes time with her patients and you always feel as if you are being well cared for“. -N.C.

 

Etiology of PCOS in Chinese Medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine, the treatment of PCOS is seen as an excess condition, a deficient condition, or clinically PCOS is seen as mixed excess and deficiency syndrome.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Acupuncture & Chinese herbs are effective treatments for PCOSmore of a combination of both an excess and deficient condition*.

Excess conditions:

  • Phlegm dampness
  • Liver qi stasis
  • Blood stasis

Deficient conditions:

  • Kidney yang deficiency
  • Kidney yin deficiency
  • Spleen qi deficiency

*It is important to note that most women will have both excess and deficient conditions as their root cause of PCOS.

 

Polycystic Ovarian SyndromeSelf Care Tips:

  • Avoid processed foods and, when you can, eat organic foods. People who have PCOS already have a hormonal and/or chemical imbalance, and processed foods contain chemicals, additives and artificial colorings, which make conditions worse
  • Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, soda, fruit juice and refined carbohydrates, which impact insulin resistance. Eat only complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat or grains, oatmeal, and brown rice
  • Avoid cold food and ice cold drinks. Cold food and drinks take longer to go through the digestive system and slow the body’s metabolism. People who have PCOS usually also have a low metabolism
  • Eat Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) help to regulate hormonal balance, this is very important when trying to conceive. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dark green vegetables, which contain high amounts EFA
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol can lead to a disturbance of hormonal balance
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes or stop smoking. Smoking may affect the fertility in tubal pregnancies, cervical cancer, pelvic infection and early menopause