Acupuncture Powerful Treatment for Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea is a condition defined by the absence of menstruation for more than three months in a woman who was previously regular and more than nine months in one with a history of Oligomenorrhea (infrequent period cycles). Primary Amenorrhea means that menarche never occurred, that is to say that that a woman never started her menstrual cycle, even after the age of fifteen.

Amenorrhea is a leading cause of female infertility, and if you are tired of wondering what’s wrong with your body and looking for a safe and healthy cure, we urge you to consider alternative medicine in the form of acupuncture to help manage this condition. Acupuncture has been proven to help restart menstrual cycles that have inexplicably stopped. Here at Acupuncture Aventura, we have helped countless women restore the balance to their cycles.

Causes of Amenorrhea

The main symptom of Amenorrhea is absent period cycles, but to completely understand your condition, you must understand what is causing it. Once you figure out the underlying cause, you can take steps to manage or control the condition. Here are few common causes of Amenorrhea:

Once you get to the root of the problem, it is much easier to solve it. Different women may be experiencing the condition due to different reasons, and therefore, not all treatments can be carried out in the same way.

Conventional Treatments

Usually, when Amenorrhea is diagnosed in female athletes, the cause is determined as excessive weight loss or exercise, and they are asked to cut back on their fitness routine and reduce their amount of physical activity. For an athlete whose entire life and livelihood depends on exercise, this is rather unfair. It also means that male athletes will get an undeserved advantage due to extra training time.

For non-athletes, doctors usually prescribe oral contraceptives, such as birth control pills. All these do is flood your body with chemicals that stay in your bloodstream and create a toxic environment for you and your future baby. For correcting estrogen and testosterone levels, doctors prescribe endocrine therapy, which alter your hormonal make-up. This may upset the natural balance, and induces side-effects which are uncomfortable, inconvenient, and painful.

Some newer studies are leading doctors to prescribe SSRISs, which are usually used for treating psychological disorders like bipolar, schizophrenia, and depression. This is dangerous, especially when amenorrhea is already linked with emotional and psychological effects.

These pills, chemicals, and hormones offer a temporary solution to a permanent problem, and you will have to administer these drugs to help you manage the condition throughout your reproductive life. This is why more and more women are opting for an alternative solution and trying acupuncture therapy.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Amenorrhea

Acupuncture, a central component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been practiced for thousands of years and is used to address a wide range of health issues, including amenorrhea. Let’s delve into how acupuncture addresses amenorrhea and works to restore menstrual cycles:

  1. Balancing Qi and Blood: In TCM, the proper flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”) – the vital energy or life force – and Blood is essential for health. Menstruation is closely associated with the health of Blood and the proper movement of Qi in the body. Acupuncture aims to restore any imbalance or stagnation in these pathways, promoting the natural processes that lead to menstruation.
  2. Harmonizing the Organ Systems: TCM identifies several organ systems (like the Liver, Kidney, and Spleen) that are crucial for reproductive health. Amenorrhea might arise from imbalances in these systems. For instance, the Liver is associated with the smooth flow of Qi and Blood. Stagnation or deficiency in this system can lead to menstrual irregularities. By targeting specific acupuncture points related to these systems, practitioners can help rebalance and restore their function.
  3. Endocrine System Regulation: Research suggests that acupuncture may influence the endocrine system, which plays a pivotal role in menstrual regulation. It can help modulate the secretion of hormones such as Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), estrogen, and progesterone, all of which are essential for the menstrual cycle.
  4. Stress Reduction: Stress is a well-known factor that can disrupt menstrual cycles. Acupuncture is recognized for its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can indirectly aid in the return of menstruation.
  5. Increasing Blood Flow to the Reproductive Organs: By stimulating specific points, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, ensuring they function optimally.
  6. Addressing Underlying Causes: Amenorrhea can result from various factors, including PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), weight extremes (either obesity or low body weight), excessive exercise, or other health conditions. A skilled acupuncturist will carry out a comprehensive assessment to identify and address the root cause, rather than just treating the symptom.

In tandem with acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary modifications, can further enhance the efficacy of the treatment. To fully restore the menstrual cycle, it often requires a short series of treatments over time (usually 60-90 days with weekly acupuncture treatments), combined with other supportive measures in diet and lifestyle.

At our center in Aventura Florida, we fully believe in the power of alternative medicine to help you restore balance and harmony to your body. Acupuncture therapy has no adverse effects and can help maintain optimal health for women and their needs. To make an appointment with Andrea Schmutz AP, DOM, call us at 786-537-7022 and we can begin your treatment. Insurance is accepted.