Perhaps most concerning, however, is that amenorrhea can lead to fertility problems – difficulty conceiving, and pregnancy complications. It can also raise the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life.
While both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine seek to restart the period and restore a normal cycle, their methods are very different. Western medicine often recommends artificial hormones to trick the body into thinking balance has been restored. TCM, on the other hand, stimulates the body through Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatments in order to regulate the body’s naturally-occurring hormones and restore natural hormone function. In many cases and studies, TCM has proven to be a safe and effective treatment for amenorrhea and other conditions related to menstruation.
For cases of amenorrhea, acupuncturists seek first to restore and unblock the flow of Qi – that is, the life force that flows through each of us. Because amenorrhea is a condition related to blood flow, acupuncturists focus their treatment on organs associated with blood flow, including the spleen, kidney, and liver. By focusing on these meridians, Qi can be restored, and that important monthly visitor will show up once more.
If you’ve been missing your period for more than three months, call Acupuncture Associates to schedule an appointment today.