Ancient medicine for modern people

Women's Health, Infertility, PMS, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), Pregnancy, Labor Induction, hormonal imbalance, Menopause, Hot flashes

After going off the birth control pill, I found myself without a menstrual cycle for nearly a year-- seeking some kind of alternative treatment, my gynecologist referred me to Dr. Fine. Her expansive knowledge and honed practice saved me from having to use synthetic hormones. Without having seen Dr. Fine I would no doubt be back on the pill, without having solved the core problem. In addition, her supportive and caring nature eased any and all anxieties I had with regard to my hormonal troubles.

Ariella Marquit, Los Angeles, CA

Women's Health

Women's bodies are complex, depending on an extraordinarily delicate balance and flow of hormones that change as we age. When that flow is disturbed, it may result in PMS, infertility, menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, fibroids, and other uncomfortable gynecological conditions women experience every day.

Tapping into thousands of years of knowledge and practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine offers proven strategies for treating women at any stage in life. Working together with your OB/GYN, I offer a continuum of care to women of all ages, whether you've just begun to menstruate or are entering menopause.

I help to restore hormonal imbalances through the use of nutrition and supplements, lifestyle changes, herbal medicine and acupuncture. Research shows that acupuncture affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), which runs from the brain to the ovaries. It is responsible for your hormonal make-up and may also influence your nervous system, thus affecting your mood and general well being.

Traditinal Chinese Medicine begins to regulate hormonal imbalances within three menstrual cycles. In the meantime, it can provide a host of other benefits, from stress reduction to increased energy. In fact, a single acupuncture treatment can provide instant relief to women suffering from a variety of symptoms including menopausal sydrome, migraines, menstrual cramps and PMS.

Menstruation

Many women face menstrual disorders, which may include:

  • Menstural Irregularities

    - Irregular periods or amenorrhea (no period at all) can be treated through the use of acupuncture and nutritional counseling and herbal medicine.

  • PMS

    - Traditional Chinese Medicine offers an excellent and effective alternative to antidepressants and birth control pills. Herbal treatments, nutritional counseling and acupuncture have been shown to be highly effective in treating premenstrual depression and irritability, food cravings and weight gain.

  • Dysmennorhea (menstrual cramps)

    - Acupuncture is an effective pain remedy, targeting pain receptor sites and addressing inflammatory processes in the body.

  • Uterine Fibroids

    - Uterine fibroids are often treated in conjunction with your OB/GYN, depending on the size of the fibroids and individual circumstances. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help stop uterine bleeding caused by fibroids and has been shown to reduce the size, thereby making them more operable, if surgery is necessary. In some situations, it can be an alternate to surgical procedures.

Menopause

Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing eggs and the production of certain hormones such as estrogen drops significantly. Many women find that with menopause comes certain uncomfortable and unbearable side effects including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

I work with acupuncture and herbal treatments in order to return your body to a proper hormonal balance through the use of nutritional counseling, herbal medicine and acupuncture. Certain foods, supplements and herbs may be prescribed in conjunction with a course of acupuncture to find this hormonal equilibrium and reduce discomfort. In fact, TCM has been shown to decrease hot flashes by 30 percent over three months, by targeting the temperature regulators in the brain.

Polycystic Ovarian Disease

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOD) affects up to 10 percent of women of reproductive age and as many as 90 percent of women experiencing irregular menstrual cycles. Elevated levels of certain hormones, a lack of ovulation, blood sugar imbalances, obesity, acne, and an increased growth of facial hair characterize PCOD. It may also be a cause of infertility. Anovulatory patients often see a return of regular ovulation with acupuncture treatment, and with that may come relief of other symptoms. Research has shown that acupuncture may be effective in increasing the amount of times a woman with PCOD ovulates per year.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects from five to seven million women nationwide. It occurs when the cells that form the uterine lining (endometrium) grow outside the uterus. Each month, these cells behave much the same way they would inside the uterus during a regular menstrual cycle - building up and breaking down, however, there is no way for the tissue to exit the body when it is living outside of the uterus. This can lead to debilitating pain, uterine bleeding and infertility. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help to give you relief from the pain and discomfort of this disorder.

© 2009 Elizabeth Fine, LAc, DOM

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