Hormones are chemical substances that serve as messengers to control and coordinate functions throughout the body. They contribute to body growth, development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and much more. Depending on which hormones are involved you could experience: moodiness, weight gain, digestive problems, acne, menstrual irregularities, infertility, headaches, insomnia, breast pain, anxiety, food cravings and loss of libido.
Disruptions to your hormone levels can be caused by too much stress, a poor diet, ill health, too much exercise, and prescription medicines. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), hormonal imbalances are closely related to the concept of Yin and Yang imbalance. For example, a sedentary person with a poor diet is likely to end up with heaviness and congestion (too much Yin) in the lower part of their body. When we experience this lack of circulation and buildup of fluids (not enough Yang to move Yin), problems such as sore back, varicose veins, achy legs, and painful menstruation may occur.
The goal of TCM is to restore balance in the body. Acupuncture is a safe and effective method of regulating and balancing hormones. It especially plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle, balancing emotions and promoting healthy organ function.