Women’s Health

Women’s Health

Women’s health issues are a specific focus at Fusion Acupuncture & Natural Therapies because we understand that women’s bodies undergo a significant number of changes through their life time. You might be surprised to learn that acupuncture is a gentle technique and a widely used form of treatment for women of all ages and backgrounds. At Fusion Acupuncture you can speak with a female practitioner who understands your concerns and offers support and confidentiality in your treatments.

For more information on any of the topics below, read through the blogs and research or contact me directly by submitting your question on the contact form.

Menstruation, Ovulation & Pre-Conception Care

Chinese Medicine divides the menstrual cycle into four phases: the menstrual phase, post menstrual phase, ovulation phase and pre menstrual phase. At each stage of the cycle we select different acupuncture points to support your body’s natural changes during these phases. Not only should you have a menstrual cycle – it should be regular, pain-free and conducive to natural fertility – and this is what we aim to support with Chinese Medicine. The details of your menstrual cycle might not be a topic which is easy to discuss but the more information you can provide, the better we can tailor a plan to suit you. Alongside this, there is also a strong emphasis on mental and emotional health with regards to stress management and mood stabilisation.

Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy is a time of rapid change and adjustment and many women seek support from Chinese Medicine to get through this period. Acupuncture sessions provide an opportunity for rest, nourishment and relaxation. Lower back pain, sciatica, and changes in gastrointestinal function are other common concerns for which acupuncture may be beneficial.
Being a mother to a newborn baby can be equally as challenging as pregnancy. New mothers commonly feel fatigued and sleep deprived and the awareness around post-natal depression is becoming more widely known. Many women incorporate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to assist in the management of their physical and mental health after having a baby.

Menopause

A 2016 study by Chiu et al, Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, concluded that “Acupuncture is associated with a significant reduction in sleep disturbances in women experiencing menopause-related sleep disturbances. Our findings suggest that acupuncture should be adopted as part of a multimodal approach for improving sleep disturbances in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women.”

Another 2016 study by Avis et al, Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) study: a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial, stated “We found that a course of acupuncture treatments was associated with significant reduction in VMS, and several quality-of-life measures, compared with no acupuncture, and that clinical benefit persisted for at least 6 months beyond the end of treatment.”