Acupuncture: Menstrual Cycle DisordersAcupuncture for Menstrual Cycle Disorders

Menstrual cycle disorders are a common diagnosis of females from their first cycle to menopause. General practitioners and gynecologists will often prescribe over the counter or prescribed medicine such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory formulas for minor to severe symptoms.

In some cases, surgery may be recommended. Integrated Med Solutions (IMS) understands the intricacies of menstrual cycle disorders approaching each individual with a specific acupuncture and naturopathic remedy solution. Dr. Lisanti of IMS will safely work with you in conjunction with conventional medical treatment possibly prescribed by your doctor avoiding any contraindications or side effects.

Acupuncture has shown excellent results in relieving symptoms and sometimes the actual condition associated with menstrual cycle disorders. In a study of acupuncture and how it affected patients with dysmennorhea (pain during menstruation) published in the February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the conclusion stated, “Of 649 women…201 were randomized. After three months, the average pain intensity…was lower in the acupuncture compared to the control group…The acupuncture group had a better quality of life…”

Acupuncture: Menstrual Cycle Disorder Therapy
Classic Chinese medicine often steers where the practitioner will target individual physical and mental concerns. In the case of menstrual cycle disorders there is an assortment of symptoms that determine the most optimal treatment. For instance, regarding the above mentioned disorder dysmennorhea, licensed acupuncturist and Classical Chinese trained naturopathic doctor, Dr. Lisanti may approach it as a Liver Qi (chee – life energy force) stagnation. Rather than trying to fix the symptom where it occurs, a deeper more root based approach is attempted. Points that may be targeted could be: Spleen 6 just above the inside (medial) ankle; Kidney 14 just below the umbilicus (belly button) or Stomach 26 also below the umbilicus.

Clinical Nutrition: Eating to Prevent and Reduce Inflammation
Many menstrual cycle disorders are associated with unnecessary inflammation due to a poor diet. IMS can suggest an anti-inflammatory diet geared to your individual needs that will enable your body to avoid painful internal swelling. Foods to avoid include: white flour, dairy, processed foods and sodas. Foods that are recommended include: large amounts of fruits and vegetables especially dark green leafy foods such as kale, spinach and collard greens. Almonds, Hemp, chia, flaxseed and evening primrose are also excellent omega 6 and 3 enhancers which help considerably.

Botanical Medicine: Using Plants to Heal
Herbs and plant formulas have been used for centuries as substantial remedies that are wholly embraced by the body. Dr. Lisanti offers a variety of botanical choices for menstrual cycle disorders including curcumin, boswellia, ginger, turmeric, bromelain, dong quai, pulsatilla vulgaris and devil’s claw.

Nutraceutical Supplementation: Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes
In addition to botanical healing, nutraceuticals also offer support for menstrual cycle challenges. Some important choices that could be administered on an individual basis could be: vitamins A, C, D, magnesium, quercetin and calcium.

Manage or stop your menstrual cycle disorder and visit Integrative Med Solutions, where we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you.  In many cases, insurance covers portions of the treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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