Women’s Health In Joliet IL
At the RiverOne Health and Wellness it is our ambition to make women feel healthy, fit and full of energy and we achieve that by dealing with many female health issues. A calm and relaxing consultation will give us your medical history which we can review, a pulse diagnosis to highlight any problems then a full discussion about treatment.
Conditions we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Menstrual Cramps
- Excessive Bleeding
This is one of the most common conditions along with back pain, fatigue, depression and anxiety that we treat. Overuse of pharmaceuticals especially beta-blockers is often a cause for chronic fatigue. It is possible to reduce the drugs the patient has to take which may be the cause of the problem but this has to be done with the support of their medical doctor.
East Asian Medical Practitioners are not legally allowed to prescribe or make adjustments to any patient’s medication in the State of Washington. It is our experience that many doctors are agreeable to the process of adjusting prescription medications.
Non-drug related chronic fatigue is also easily treated with Chinese Medicine, and often the patient has high toxicity in their system or they lack nutrients and have low level anemia. In both situations Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine offer a way to vastly improve the condition.
An analogy we do use is one of a garden hose which is not letting water through the nozzle. There is either too little water in the hose (weakness and anemia) or the hose is pinched somewhere (too much toxicity) and water flow is poor. The chronic fatigue is felt for both of these issues; however, the treatment method is totally different for each.
In Western Medicine there is no cure for this condition despite many women suffering from it. At our clinic we treat this syndrome daily with excellent results.
Within Chinese Medicine we see two causes for this condition. One cause is extremely bad blood circulation which is generally due to obesity. Each extra 10 pounds a woman has on her frame cuts the diameter of the blood vessels in half (Mayo Clinic). An overweight patient will have a systematic lack of nutrient (Ying) and oxygen (Qi) circulating to the major muscle groups in the body and the sensory nerves that surround them. Chronic pain is the result unfortunately.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture seem to be vasodilating the major longitudinal blood vessels in the body which in turn gives more nutrients and oxygen to the undernourished muscle groups. This results in exceptional pain reduction in a short time period.
Malnourishment is also the second cause but from a different direction. Anemia and even borderline anemia can cause fibromyalgia. The anemia is actually a plasma anemia and Western Medicine does not recognize this. Often this type of patient is frail and thin does not sleep well, is jittery and anxious and has dry skin accompanying the pain in their upper body. In this case Chinese Herbal Medicine will look to reestablish the fluid deficit in the body and blood. An improvement in the fibromyalgia condition is a result.
Treating Infertility with Acupuncture
A surprising fact is, infertility treatments utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture has been recorded, in age-old texts and similarly on the backs of turtle shells for thousands of years. How is it possible for ancient medicine to make such a difference? Over the last five years the science behind numerous studies has shown that:
According to Chinese Medical belief Acupuncture can significantly improve blood flow to the reproductive organs and this significantly increases a woman’s response to hormonal therapy.
Acupuncture has been shown to control hormone levels by moderating the release of beta-endorphin levels within the brain. This in turn improves the release of gonadatrophin releasing hormone by the hypothalamus and follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland along with progesterone and estrogen levels from the ovary.
Acupuncture can reduce a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system response and stress.
Acupuncture is thought to moderate prostaglandin and cyclooxygenase levels in the uterus which reduces uterine motility (spontaneous movement) to enhance implantation rates.
The utilization of Acupuncture along with assisted reproductive technology has been determined as valuable by The American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility & Sterility Journal. The mounting evidence over the last five years makes one wonder why all reproductive clinics the world over do not require patients to have acupuncture. Thankfully the positive media coverage in recent times that TCM and Acupuncture has received in helping women conceive is helping to change views and attitudes.
Menopause is the permanent cessation of fertility and menstruation described as happening 12 months after your last menstrual period. Menopause is not an illness it is a completely natural process. However, the emotional and the physical symptoms that accompany menopause can cause sleep disruption, drain your energy and indirectly generate emotions of loss and sadness.
Chinese Medicine has been treating menopause for well over 2,000 years. The key symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats can be expected to diminish fairly rapidly. Chinese Medicine is very effective in treating the emotional distress that accompanies menopause, and women who use TCM during menopause can anticipate an improvement to their symptoms.
Menstrual Cramps, Excessive Bleeding, and Amenorrhea
At our clinic menstrual disorders are a common complaint we treat on a daily basis. Chinese Herbal Medicine can help if there is too much bleeding, no periods at all and excessive cramping and pain during menses. Pain during periods is generally due to lower abdomen vessel blockage which can be caused by vaso-spasms or excessive cold in the lower abdomen, fibroid cysts or sometimes a disease known as endometriosis. Any of these conditions if they are not too structurally severe can be improved through Acupuncture and the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
PMS is characterized by a variety of emotional or physical symptoms which usually occur around 5-11 days prior to a woman starting her monthly menstrual cycle. Symptoms of PMS commonly start when menstruation starts or shortly after. In Chinese Medicine PMS is invariably recognized as being caused by poor blood flow through the liver at the time of menses. The hepatic artery delivers 70% of the blood to the liver and encouraging better circulation through this artery can prove effective in these problems. Over 2,500 years ago the Chinese found that poor circulation through the liver was a cause of emotional upset in a lot of cases. Over time the Chinese cultivated many methods for improving blood flow to and through this important organ. When the liver is back to proper function emotional imbalance is vastly diminished.
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