WOMEN’S HEALTH

women's health

Chinese Medicine is particularly interested in women’s health. The classic texts that date back over thousands of years dedicate a great deal of time to the study, diagnosis and treatment of women’s health.  As a result of this long history acupuncture is hugely beneficial in treating gynaecological issues. In particular acupuncture can benefit:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Short/long cycles
  • Painful, heavy periods
  • Lack of periods
  • Spotting, bleeding outside period time
  • Ovulation pain
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fibroids, cysts, polyps
  • Endometriosis
  • Hormonal imbalances eg: PMS, migraine, skin eruptions, emotional issues

Fertility

Acupuncture is of great benefit in the treatment of fertility. It can support couples to conceive naturally and during the assisted reproduction process. It is a physical and emotional support during what can be an extremely challenging time. Read about how acupuncture can benefit fertility for both men and women here.

Menopause

The menopause often brings disruption and misery to a woman’s life.  It can involve one or more of a range of symptoms, which women experience to varying degrees and levels of distress. These can include night sweats and hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, aches and pains, palpitations and genital and urinary problems.

Acupuncture supports the body to alleviate these symptoms in a natural and long-lasting way, without the need for Hormone Replacement Therapy.  For women who want to continue with HRT it is still beneficial to receive acupuncture as it will treat the hormonal imbalance that the medication is masking.

You can read more about acupuncture and the menopause in the blog post ‘Acupuncture – an effective alternative to HRT?’

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FERTILITY

fertility acupuncture

Acupuncture can be of great benefit for anyone wanting to start a family by ensuring you are in the best health possible to maximise your fertility.

For couples who have been trying to conceive for a while acupuncture can also provide the extra help needed to increase your chances of success.  It is especially beneficial to the 20-30% of cases of ‘unexplained’ infertility. This is because acupuncture treats the person rather than the disease, which makes it particularly good at dealing with fertility issues that don’t have a medical diagnosis.

Furthermore research has shown that acupuncture can regulate the menstrual cycle; lower raised levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), relieve symptoms of endometriosis; induce ovulation in women with polycystic ovaries (PCOS); improve the quality and motility of sperm and release endorphins that reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Treatment helps couples to make changes to their diet and lifestyle as well as helping to resolve underlying emotional or physical imbalances that can affect fertility. You can read more about women’s health issues here.

Male Fertility

Lifestyle factors such as stress and obesity and environmental factors such as pesticides and chemicals are all thought to play part in men’s rapidly declining fertility – up to a fifth of men now have low sperm count.

However there is a lot that can be done to improve its function and research has shown particular benefit on sperm quality and quantity. Acupuncture can benefit men’s:

  • Sperm count – morphology, motility, antibodies
  • Immune system issues
  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction/impotence
  • Testicular health

Because it takes 60 – 90 days to develop mature sperm, for the best results treatment is ideally given over a 3 to 6 month period prior to conceiving.

Assisted reproduction

There are many studies that show that acupuncture administered at certain points during the assisted reproductive cycle (ICSI/IUI/IVF) can increase the chances of successfully conceiving and support couples emotionally and physically along the way.

A recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed that acupuncture may increase the success rate of implantation and pregnancy during IVF by as much as 65%.

  1. During IUI – improving thickness of lining of uterus
  2. Downs Regulation – reducing side effects such as hot flushes, headaches and mood swings
  3. Up regulation & ovary stimulation – helping to thicken the lining of the uterus and preventing ovary hyper-stimulation
  4. Prior to egg collection – helping to soften the cervix and encouraging relaxation
  5. Day of transfer – increasing pregnancy rates from 26.3% to 42.5%
  6. Post-transfer – improving blood flow to the embryo and providing emotional support to the couple

For more information on research into acupuncture, ART and fertility please visit the BAcC

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Top tips for preparing for your first acupuncture session

If you’re thinking about booking in for an acupuncture treatment there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

ASK SILLY QUESTIONS

Trying something new for the first time can be daunting and you may have questions that you feel awkward about asking.  Firstly – don’t worry about asking ‘silly’ questions! I for one welcome anyone’s questions about acupuncture as it gives me a chance to talk about my favourite subject.  It’s easy as a practitioner to forget how much we know compared to our patient and we sometimes gloss over things that you need to know more about.  So before you book in, have a think about what questions you have and ask them on the phone or during your initial consultation.

CHECK YOUR PRACTITIONER’S CREDENTIALS

Your first question should be whether your practitioner is a member of a regulatory body.  The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) regulates the majority of acupuncturists in the UK and ensure that we are suitably trained, qualified, insured and that we keep our continuing professional development up to date. Acupuncturists should carry the logo on their website and you can check directly with the BAcC for registered practitioners in your area. If you are visiting someone who isn’t BAcC registered you should make sure that they are regulated by an organisation that is listed on the Public Standards Authority (PSA) register.

REFLECT

Once you’ve booked in it’s worth spending a bit of time thinking about where you are now and where you want to be following treatment…. Read More

Transform your health

Brighton Acupuncture

Welcome to Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture. You are in the right place if you are:

  • Fed up with feeling tired, unhappy or in pain
  • Need help to conceive naturally or support during a assisted reproduction treatment
  • Unable to manage your health due to a busy and stressful life
  • Suffering with ill-health but have been unable to find the cause or a solution
  • Struggling to work because of neck, back or shoulder pain
  • Desperate to play sport but stopped by knee, groin or elbow pain
  • Want a natural approach to managing your health
  • Would like a treatment that is supported by a strong evidence-base
  • Expect to feel listened to, supported and understood

Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions and many health professionals are happy to recommend acupuncture to their patients.  Katy Bradshaw is able to treat whatever you need help with in her Brighton Acupuncture clinic.

Find out what acupuncture can treat.

If you would like to know more about a specific health concern then please contact me.

What patients say:

“I have crippling pain from severe arthritis in my hip which makes life with two small children difficult and distressing. Katy brought me so much pain relief and released my limbs so much the first time she ‘pinned me’ that I burst out crying. She keeps me moving and smiling. She is magic. And lovely” JH

“Katy  was vital in keeping my morning sickness at bay when I was pregnant. I loved the fact that the treatments incorporated plenty of time to talk about how I was feeling, both physically and emotionally, as this allowed Katy to tailor what she was doing to meet those specific needs. I always left a treatment feeling much more relaxed and the use of acupuncture seemed to have a tangible impact on my nausea” SL

“Throughout our three courses of IVF Katy was an incredible support. She tailored our treatment according to our needs and we reaped the benefits; emotionally and physically. We are pleased to say we are now expecting our first baby and we can’t thank Katy enough for all the support she’s given us both. Fertility treatment is a roller coaster but Katy’s been with us every step of the way. She’s wonderfully caring, calming and reassuring and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to others” CF & JF

“Just to say a big thank you for the way you helped me to get a good nights sleep” JW

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