women's health

Oriental medicine and women's health issues

Are you interested in knowing more about preventative medicine and Oriental medicine as they relate to gynecology? Acupuncture and traditional herbal medicines have been used for many centuries in the Far East to improve women's health and reduce symptoms of illness. They have also proved valuable in aligning female cycles with daily, monthly and seasonal cycles.

Infertility, postpartum disorders, premenstrual disorders, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, endometriosis, hormone related emotional imbalances, pelvic pain, menopausal symptoms, disorders of the menstrual cycle, as well as many other gynecologic disorders can be treated with the help of acupuncture and herbal medicine.

The Chinese systems of medicine are based on a fundamental understanding of the cycles of the seasons and days, as well as the cycles of life. To the Chinese doctor, the monthly cycle of women is a valuable guide to both diagnosis and treatment. For this reason, ill-advised attempts to alter or suppress this cycle can lead to unexpected disorders or even illness.

My own experience suggests that acupuncture and Chinese herbology are more effective and much less unpleasant and dangerous than hormonal treatments, pharmaceutical drugs, or surgery to treat the majority of disorders which women may experience.

Drug therapy involves the risk of side effects and toxicity in addition to considerable expense, and surgery can be ineffective as well as create serious and life threatening complications and infections. It is also true that the subtlety of a disorder does not lend itself to the relatively crude techniques of surgery for many women.

When skillfully applied, acupuncture therapy and traditional herbal medicines prepared from different plants are effective in correcting many of the complex physical and hormonal disorders which can lead to reduced fertility or infertility, painful periods with emotional imbalances, breast tenderness, and cravings, as well as menstrual migraines, acne, digestive disturbances, irregular cycles, and problems of sexual function.

The treatment of infertility with acupuncture usually requires a committment to enough time to rebalance the body's systems. If there are menstrual problems, then treatment must proceed until at least 3 normal cycles are achieved. From there, you should give yourself at least 6 months, and preferably 18 months to achieve pregnancy.

At our site there is further information on acupuncture and traditional medicine treatments for infertility, endometriosis, painful gynecologic disorders, and other problems which women may experience.

Time will prove that traditional methods of treatment like acupuncture will help to reduce the suffering of many types of modern disorders at a reasonable cost and with an acceptable risk of side effects. Increasing numbers of doctors and medical centers are choosing to incorporate acupuncture and other techniques of traditional Oriental medicine because of this favorable risk profile, and the effectiveness of these time-tested methods.

Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.

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