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Women's Health Tips

For over 2000 years Acupuncture has been used to treat gynecological disorders and conditions very effectively. Chinese medicine and acupuncture focus on treating the underlying imbalance in a women's body and can address women's health issues including: menstrual cycle irregularities, menopausal symptoms, PMS, irritability and so much more.

Menopause

In order to be proactive in easing some of the symptoms on your own it would be wise to try a few of these health tips for dealing with menopause:

Regular exercise can benefit both your heart and bones, helps to regulate weight, and improves your well being and mood. In order to reduce some of your symptoms of menopause get active. Start to walk 3 times a week for at least 20min each time. This will help with your blood pressure, strengthen your heart, reduce pain and stiffness and decrease depression and sleep disturbances.

Try to consume 1,000 mgs of calcium per day. You can obtain this by eating dairy products; oysters, sardines and salmon. Also dark-green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli have a lot of calcium. Vitamin D plays a very important role in calcium absorption and bone formation. So make sure you are taking enough vitamin D as well.

Eat low fat foods. Eat veggies and fruit with whole grains, especially those high in vitamin C and carotene. Cut back on salt, and cut back on processed sugar.

And of course, some regular acupuncture treatments before and during menopause can really help to balance your hormone levels. If you try to increase your exercises weekly, start to add a few good foods into your day, take a few bad foods out and receive a few acupuncture treatments, you will have less symptoms, sleep better and feel a whole lot better.

PMS

As an acupuncturist whose area of specialty is in women's health, I frequently see many women that are plagued with menstrual cramps. This abdominal pain can be mild to extremely debilitating so that some women cannot go into work or function well during their periods. Western medical doctors refer to these cramps as dysmenorrhea.

Try a few of the following examples of actions you can take to reduce the pain and have a more comfortable menstrual period:

1. Get regular exercise. There is nothing that gets your blood moving and pumping more smooth then exercise.

2. Take some more Omega 3 fatty acids.

3. Vitamin E for a couple before your period is due.

4. Try a heat pack or hot water bottle in the days leading up to your period and during the pain.

5. Self-massage can get the local blood flowing around your abdomen.

6. Try some acupressure. Ask your acupuncturist for help with this.

7. Take a warm bath.

If your pain is consistent and nothing you try reduces the suffering please check with your Doctor to see if you are having more pressing health issue.

For more information on women's health, please visit the Whole Family Health website at www.wholefamilyhealth.ca.
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