One of the primary clinical specialties in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), gynecology is significant in curative effect and therapeutic methods. Developed and utilized over a 3,000-year time span, gynecological practice in Chinese medicine is an ancient healing system that has proven to be effective and safe with virtually no adverse side effects.
Within TCM, gynecological practice is defined in general categories, including: Menstrual irregularities, disorders at the time of menstruation, diseases during pregnancy, diseases after childbirth, infertility, and menopausal syndrome, among others.
Chinese medicine can regulate and treat the menstrual cycle, endometriosis, infertility, PMS, pelvic inflammatory disease, menopausal symptoms, and certain causes of miscarriage.
According to traditional Chinese medicine theory and practice, women’s physiology originates in Blood, which is the foundation for the menstrual period, fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth. Kidney deficiency is the basis of many female disorders. The purpose of TCM gynecological therapy is to heat conditions, regulate and tonify yin, yang, qi, and blood, and clear stagnation.
Therapy can consist of acupuncture, Chinese herbal formula prescriptions tailored to the specific condition, supplements, diet modification, stress reduction, and exercise recommendations.
Chinese herbal medicine is an integral part of therapy. Chinese herbs are used to correct underlying imbalances and restore normal organ functions. TCM can reduce the pain many women experience during their cycle and stabilize mood swings.
The length of TCM gynecological treatment is determined by the particular disorder, the duration of the imbalance and constitution. Individuals usually notice a change in condition by the second or third treatment, such as improved mental awareness or a change in skin quality.
Acupuncture can also be an important adjunct therapy to Chinese herbal medicine and can aid the body in realigning energetically.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine program includes classes in TCM gynecology. Topics reviewed include pathophysiology, diagnosis, therapeutic principles, and acupuncture and herbal treatment plans for a range of diseases including: Menstrual diseases, fertility disorders, gestational and postpartum disorders, and miscellaneous diseases.
For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500.