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Women’s Health and Acupuncture

Depressive disorders affect 10%-25% of all women at some point in their lives. Common symptoms of depression include a decreased interest in activities, insomnia, fatigue, and just feeling empty. Oriental medicine does not view people as a collection of segmented parts to be treated independently but rather addresses the link between the body, spirit and mind. The goal of Oriental medicine is to bring all the human systems into a healthy balance, insuring that both the mind and body feel well. Acupuncture can have a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients.

Many health issues that women face respond extremely well to Oriental medicine and Acupuncture treatment.

The number one threat to women’s health is cardiovascular disease. Although more men die of heart disease than women, females tend to be under diagnosed, often to the point that it’s too late to help once the condition is discovered. By integrating acupuncture and Oriental medicine into your heart healthy lifestyle, risk of cardiovascular disease can be reduced.There have been many advances in the early detection and treatment of cancer. While the standard medical care for cancer is effective, the treatments are aggressive and cause numerous unwanted side effects. Acupuncture has received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments for pain relief, reducing side effects, accelerating recovery, and improving overall quality of life.

Gynecological conditions including Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, and menopause are some of the most successfully treated problems in Oriental medicine. Oriental medicine has long recognized that health and vitality can be sustained over a woman’s lifetime by restoring balance within the body and supporting the natural production of essential hormones.

Menopause is a transitional period which marks the end of ovulation. Symptoms vary from mild to severe and are brought on as the body tries to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen. Symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, dryness, and weight gain. Menopause patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy weight, stabilize blood sugar, and eliminate stress, tension and anxiety, or learn new techniques to effectively cope and diminish the effects of these. With support from Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, along with small changes in lifestyle and diet, menopause can be a time of a revival of vital energy and an opportunity for personal growth.


Author – Jim Burnis is a local Gold Canyon Arizona Acupuncturist – —480-671-5178, contact Jim Burnis .

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