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Acupuncture and Women’s Health

May 02, 2023 02:58PM ● By Kat Dunbar, MSOM, L.Ac

When Western medicine falls short many women turn to acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for a more balanced and personalized approach to health care. TCM practitioners work with the patient to address the root of an illness rather than solely treating various symptoms as independent of one another. By taking into account a patient's health history, nutrition, mental health and lifestyle factors, TCM can be used to harness their body’s own powerful healing abilities to address the root of an illness. 

For centuries Acupuncture has been used to treat and regulate many conditions faced by females including hormonal imbalances, menstrual disorders, infertility, endometriosis and menopause. As a safe, painless and fast-acting form of treatment, acupuncture continues to be a valuable tool for millions of women around the world.

7 Ways Acupuncture Is Used To Improve Women’s Health

1. Acupuncture for Thyroid Disorders

One in every eight women will develop a thyroid condition at some point in their lifetime. Depending on if one has too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), symptoms can include weight gain and weight loss, feeling restless or tired, constipation, dry skin, depression, anxiety, and more. With routine acupuncture treatments and herbal therapy, thyroid function can typically be improved and associated symptoms greatly reduced.

2. Acupuncture for Infertility

Acupuncture can increase the number of good quality eggs, optimize the uterine environment and reduces stress and anxiety levels. TCM also improves male fertility by increasing sperm quantity and quality.

There are many scientific studies indicating that acupuncture improves success rates of getting pregnant with IVF.

3. Acupuncture for Menstrual Imbalances

Every woman's cycle is different and TCM can help with irregular periods, pain/cramping, headaches, fatigue and mood imbalances associated with menstruation and PMS. Acupuncture can also regulate hormones and the regularity of future menstrual cycles.

4. Acupuncture for Endometriosis

Studies have proven that acupuncture is a viable treatment option for endometriosis. By increasing blood flow, balancing hormones, and reducing inflammation, acupuncture is able to reduce pain and other symptoms associated with this chronic condition and improve the patient's quality of life.

5. Acupuncture for Stress and Mental Health Conditions

Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. Whether due to hormonal changes or environmental factors or a combination of both, women are simply more likely to encounter mental health conditions than men. When one is suffering from stress, anxiety, or a related condition, acupuncture has been proven to help. By balancing the body’s energy and resetting the nervous system, ones ability to emotionally regulate will improve and moods can stabilize.

 6. Acupuncture for Perimenopause and Menopause

Adverse symptoms of menopause are common, but acupuncture can be very effective at reducing and eliminating them. Many clinical studies have found that acupuncture in menopausal women reduced hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and emotional fluctuations. Acupuncture is a much safer and more affordable option than hormone therapies and medications that are often offered to women in menopause. 

7. Acupuncture During Pregnancy 

Many women use acupuncture as a tool to deal with the changes, discomforts and stresses of pregnancy. Acupuncture can alleviate nausea, fatigue, swelling, constipation, and other symptoms associated with pregnancy. It can even be used to improve and quicken labor. After giving birth, TCM can help support energy levels, breastfeeding and overall strength.

Kat Dunbar, MSOM, L.Ac, is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist specializing in internal medicine as part of the professional staff at New Jersey Natural Medicine. NJNM treats a broad range of women’s health issues through various modalities including: acupuncture, herbal therapy, naturopathic medicine, bio-resonance therapy, therapeutic bodywork and more.

Location 2424 Lamington Rd., Bedminster. For more information, call 973-267-2750, email [email protected] or visit

Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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