Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc
Do you suffer from fatigue, cramping, nausea, migraines, anger, irritability, restlessness, mood swings, digestive disturbance, hot flashes and just plain feeling down in the dumps? Do these symptoms seem to occur regularly or cyclically?
Perhaps worse than the symptoms are not knowing when they will occur, as your bodies’ rhythms are not quite as “cyclical” as they could be.
Are you struggling with the “change of life” and the physical and emotional symptoms that seem to accompany this natural transition?
What could your symptoms mean?
Chinese Medicine not only addresses the symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle, menopause and pregnancy/fertility treatment but also seeks to figure out why the body is displaying these symptoms in the first place. You see, the above symptoms, whether you suffer from one or many, are indications that there is a deeper issue that needs to be resolved. The symptoms are clues that will lead the experienced practitioner to decipher what your body needs to find balance and therefor avoid these symptoms. Inherently, your body wants to be free of symptoms and that is why it displays them, to educate you as to what is going wrong and to hopefully give you a nudge in the right direction.
For example, are your cramps caused by a deficiency of blood or the inability of the body to move it efficiently? Is your nausea as simple as incorrect food choices around the time of your menses or is it a symptom of something deeper? Anger and mood swings can be associated with many different causes and can be as innocuous as dietary choices and sleep patterns or as pernicious as chronic organ weakness.
Chinese Medicine treats the root cause
Using the body’s innate ability to display its strengths and weaknesses deciphered through a complex yet non-invasive set of diagnostic techniques, Chinese Medicine examines the individual closely to find the ROOT CAUSE of these and many other ailments.
Further, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been found to be extremely effective in increasing the percentage of successful pregnancy in women undergoing IVF treatment (up to 40%). In fact, treatment of infertility in both men and women with Chinese Medicine dates as far back as 11 A.D.
The basic mechanism involved in assisting IVF is fostering the return to a balanced state of health as well as strengthening the general constitution while also minimizing the buildup of any toxicity associated with fertility treatments.
Finally, post partum treatment of the baby and mother (and the father as well) is very important. Chinese Medicine has strategies to assist you and your family in welcoming your new member and optimizing the health of the entire family.
Wherever you are on your journey through life, Chinese Medicine can help you to optimize your everyday experience.
Nicholas Buscemi, MSOM, Lac, Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner at National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA), has treated women in all stages of life and continues to hone his craft with the help of the classical texts and teachings of Chinese Medicine.