We welcome all those who seek improvements in their natural menstrual cycles, and desire optimum vitality in their lives. Dr. Zhou is committed to helping you reach your health goals and wellness needs through acupuncture, herbal medicine and self-empowerment. She can help provide effective relief of:
The menstrual cycle is a good indicator of a women’s general health. When the flow is adequate, regular, and without discomfort, blood production and circulation are healthy. Stressful lifestyle, poor eating habits, and emotional upset encourage blood deficiency and blocked Chi (vital energy), leading to irregularity and pain. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can cure these underlying causes averting and relieving any serious problems, including endometriosis, infertility and fibroids, and ensuring well-being and good health after menopause.
Dr. Zhou can educate you to observe your healthy cycle, and notice subtle signs of imbalance. She can help you analyze the effects of your lifestyle, make any necessary adjustments, and determine your menstrual profile.
If you have painful, difficult periods, fibroids, blocked tubes, and endometriosis, there is obstruction or constriction of the circulation and Chi in your pelvic organs. This can result from living with consistent anger, frustration and/or anxiety, and these disharmonies may contribute to difficulties conceiving--including ovulation, fertilization and implantation in the uterus. Acupuncture is excellent therapy for the removal of blocked Chi throughout affected meridians, and herbal medicine promotes blood flow to the pelvic region to remove blood stasis and eliminate abdominal mass. You will feel much less cramping and more relaxed immediately after treatment and in subsequent cycles.
If your menstrual conditions are often associated with feeling cold, weak, tired, lack of libido, depression, relief from a heating pad or pressure on the pain, and feeling exhausted after menstrual flow, you might have internal cold or deficient Chi. We will utilize tonic herbs, and acupuncture with moxibustion, to build adequate Chi and blood flow.
If fatigue, irritability, depression, water retention, breast tenderness, migraines and sugar cravings occur before your menstrual flow, you certainly have PMS, which is due to hormone imbalance in the delicate endocrine system. Acupuncture influences these hormonal pathways and assists our own internal energies to restore endocrine harmony. Herbal medicine improves energy, digestion, circulation, and also brings mental clarity into focus so that you will become more centered.
In order to maximize a healthy menstrual life, you need to avoid hot, spicy or cold, raw foods, as well as physical exhaustion and emotional stress. You will then be able to fully realize the benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine.