Acupuncture for Hormonal Imbalance

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Acupuncture for Hormonal Imbalance

Did you know that nearly 80% of women suffer from symptoms due to a hormonal imbalance and that men can also suffer from gradual hormonal imbalances as they age? The truth is, hormonal imbalances are often very difficult to deal with and are hard to detect. They tend to manifest themselves into various symptoms over time as the body develops and changes over the years.

In both cases, exposure to toxins, diet, lifestyle and more can make huge impacts on the progression of these imbalances in how they affect our mental health and whether they turn into future disease. Here is more about the causes and effects of hormonal imbalances and how acupuncture can play a helpful role as treatment.

Key Factors for Women

Both the causes and effects of hormonal imbalances are often intertwined with one another. While age, menopause and adrenal hormones are key factors, many other factors like prolonged stress, dieting, exposure to synthetic hormones (from birth control methods) and xenoestrogens (found in household, personal hygiene products and cosmetics) can also have an impact on hormonal imbalances.

Repeated exposure to these chemicals and stress on the body is enough to worsen hereditary problems or trigger new diseases as a response over time.

Some associated health conditions with hormonal imbalances include:

Fibromyalgia — affecting the soft tissue and musculoskeletal system

Digestive bowel disorders — referring to a host of disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Endometriosis — A pelvic pain condition where tissue gets caught outside of the uterus

PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PMS/PMDD — Premenstrual symptoms that can range from mild to extremely severe

Adrenal Fatigue — Feelings of exhaustion and depletion

Thyroid issues – Including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism (explained below)

Key Symptoms Women Face

Anxiety and depression




Excessive exhaustion during hormone changes

Weight gain

Insulin resistance

Increased risk of breast cance

Issues with ovulation (fertility)

… and much more.

Key Factors for Men

For men, aging is a key factor. A man can lose up to 14% of his testosterone for each decade he lives, which contributes to an imbalance. Some associated conditions related with hormonal imbalances in men include

Andropause — a form of menopause men experience as their testosterone levels decline

Adrenal fatigue — manifested stress over a prolonged period of time affects the production of the stress hormone cortisol, causing excessive exhaustion and feelings of depletion

Hypothyroidism — underactive thyroid glands that do not produce enough thyroid hormones to function that slows body metabolism

Hyperthyroidism — an overactive thyroid gland resulting in too many thyroid hormone levels (shown through an abnormally increased metabolism)

Key Symptoms Men Experience

The following symptoms that many men face are not part of the aging process but part of a greater hormonal imbalance that gradually presents itself.

Some problems include:

Low libido


Erectile dysfunction

Memory loss

Increased body fat

Depression and anxiety

Mood swings and irritability

Sleep problems (sleep apnea, night sweats, insomnia)

Heart palpitations

Constipation or increased bowel movements

… and more.

How Acupuncture Can Help

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, hormonal imbalances and their related conditions and symptoms, are connected to the functioning of the Liver. The Liver is responsible for metabolism and our emotions. When it isn’t functioning properly, it can throw the body out of balance and our hormones along with it.

Acupuncture has a regulating effect on the body. It removes excess heat caused from dilated blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure. Liver detoxification in particular, is highly important in eliminating the factors that cause hormonal imbalances to regulate levels of estrogen and progesterone in women and declining rates of testosterone in men. Your acupuncturist will determine what exact treatment is needed for you. With a combination of acupuncture, the appropriate diet, the right amount of exercise, sleep and hydration you will see immediate changes in your body’s equilibrium as symptoms start to lessen, become manageable or disappear altogether!

Are you suffering from any of the health conditions or symptoms mentioned above? Please come in and see us for an appointment today!

Acupuncture for Women with Endometriosis

Acupuncture for Women with Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a health condition that takes place in a woman’s body when the same endometrial cells that are found in the lining of the uterus are dislodged and begin to grow outside of the uterus and into other areas of the body. This can present difficulties to the bowels and bladder, cause abdominal and lower back pain, and affect the pelvic floor muscles; all of which are linked to a range of difficult symptoms a woman can face throughout her menstrual cycle.

Inflammatory reactions in the body, the development of scar tissue adhesions, and cysts filled with blood are all regular occurrences women with endometriosis face. This can affect how a woman feels every day, from her hormones to her energy levels. Endometriosis is also responsible for nearly half of fertility cases affecting one in ten women in their childbearing years.


  • Pelvic pain
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Significantly painful periods (with heavy bleeding)
  • Emotional repercussions (anxiety, depression, sadness)
  • Weakened immune system
  • Digestion issues
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriages

 How acupuncture can help

Right now, traditional Western medicine is treating endometriosis with hormone therapy to balance estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. Otherwise, pain medications are offered for all cases and surgery for those at a later stage in the disease. These are the only other options as to little known about the condition.

In Chinese medicine, the Uterus and Liver are closely linked. The Liver maintains the free flow of vital energy (Qi) throughout the body. The three meridians associated with endometriosis are the Liver, Kidney and Spleen, all of which run through the pelvis. By applying acupuncture to these areas, the stagnant Qi can be released from these meridians to reduce localized pain, distension, cramps and gas. Women who suffer from blood clots will also see a reduction in symptoms and an overall sense of relaxation will ease anxiety and help depression symptoms.

It’s very important for people who have endometriosis to minimize stress in their lives. Stress is the main culprit for these responses, especially feelings of anger and resentment, which can cause the Qi to stagnate. Qi stagnation is also the culprit for other symptoms of endometriosis like infertility, severe abdominal and back pain, irritability, depression, urinary problems, and headaches. Seeing an acupuncturist will allow your body to learn to heal itself and regain strength.

Do you or anyone you know suffer from this health condition? Please speak to your physician about complementary alternative medicines like acupuncture and get in touch with us to start the process of healing.






All you Need to Know About Acupuncture and Liver Function

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All you Need to Know About Acupuncture and Liver Function

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Liver is one of the most important organs. It controls the flow of life energy, also known as Qi, a vital substance that affects the physiological functions of the human organs and meridians. The Liver’s first priority is to keep your Qi moving smoothly. Below is an outline of the functions of the Liver and how to detect if your Liver is functioning optimally.

What can cause the Liver to become stagnant?

When the Liver is prevented from doing its job, the energy from the Liver (Liver Qi) becomes stagnant, which can cause problems that involve pain. Factors that can cause the Liver to become stagnant include:

  • Excessive mental exertion
  • Prolonged negative emotions (frustration, stress, anger, resentment etc.)
  • Emotional fluctuations
  • Women’s health issues (PMS, PMDD, hormonal problems)

The Liver regulates and stores Blood

The Liver regulates how much Blood is circulating in the body and stores Blood when we are resting or sleeping. It then releases it again once we start moving and doing physical activities. The idea is, the less Blood the Liver reserves, the more problems a person is likely to have, as you’ll essentially be ‘getting by’ on the limited supply of Blood in the Liver that is being stored.

The Liver regulates emotions

Another function of the Liver is regulating the free flow of Qi while using the Liver- Blood’s supply. Those who have Livers that function optimally and reserve enough Blood have the ability to bounce back from emotional problems much faster than those who have poor reserves and are able to find emotional harmony. However, people with poor reserves tend to feel exhausted by their problems, which prolong feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, and pressure.

The Liver is integral to the menstrual cycle

For women, the Liver functions as a regulator of the menstrual cycle. How well a Liver is functioning is telling of her overall health and fertility. If Liver Qi is stagnated, there is often a Liver-Blood deficiency as well. This can create a host of symptoms like:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Crying spells
  • Propensity to outbursts of anger
  • Breast Distention (pressure or pain)
  • Cramps
  • Irregular, scanty, or no periods
  • Blurred vision and floaters
  • Dry hair and brittle nails
  • Insomnia, excessive dreaming

… and more.

The Liver regulates your digestive system

If you are suffering from digestive problems like ulcers, food sensitivities, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or any other gastrointestinal conditions, there is a chance that your Liver is not functioning well. In fact, the first sign of Liver Qi Stagnation shows up as digestive problems.

Liver Qi allows digestive processes to carry out more smoothly. You will feel a difference when nutrients begin to absorb more readily into the Blood and is are carried from the intestines to the Liver, so you can say goodbye to irritability and exhaustion after eating!

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture addresses both situations of Liver Qi stagnation and Liver-Blood deficiencies. Points along the corresponding meridians release the stagnated areas allowing the Qi to move freely. This increases the overall blood flow in your body, which will improve your whole health and wellbeing.

Do any of these situations resonate with you? If you feel like your Liver function is waning and could use a little help, get in touch with us or set up an appointment so we can start the process of relieving your symptoms as soon as possible.












Acupuncture for Pre and Post-Natal Care

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Acupuncture for Pre and Post-Natal Care

If you’re pregnant and you’ve been stricken with a relentless case of morning sickness, acupuncture can help. It can also relieve some of the common side effects associated with the various trimesters of pregnancy.

It’s one thing to have morning sickness or aches and pains here and there. It comes with the territory of being pregnant. On the other hand, suffering day-in-and-day out throughout the duration of your pregnancy is really hard on the body. Many women do suffer this often and it could likely be due to some disharmony in the body adjusting to the fluctuating hormonal changes. While this is normal, it can become extremely tiresome and tough to deal with.

Here is a list of pregnancy symptoms that can be effectively managed with acupuncture before, during and after pregnancy.

  • Body aches and pain–musculoskeletal pain and sciatica (extreme back pain)
  • Morning sickness, general nausea and vomiting and acid reflux
  • Emotional symptoms
  • Digestive issues – hemorrhoids, diarrhea and constipation
  • Urinary tract problems – incontinence and reduction
  • Edema
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Hypertension
  • Headaches, migraines, or insomnia
  • Labor preparation or induction
  • Breech and Posterior positioned babies

Acupuncture also works as a wonderful way to gently prepare the pelvis and the cervix for labour. Releasing the tension in those areas makes the active stage of labour more efficient. It also may help reduce rates of medical interventions such as inductions, C-sections or excessive medication.

Acupuncture promotes recovery in postnatal care as well. It can help with strengthening the body, boosting the immune system and accelerating healing. It can also help with the following common postnatal problems:

  • Lactation problems
  • Mastitis, an infection of the breast tissue
  • Scar tissue repair
  • Postnatal depression

Getting good care during and after a pregnancy goes beyond your OB/GN. Take the step to include acupuncture in your health care regimen both throughout and after your pregnancy. It will present you with valuable results and an improved sense of well-being.

Book your appointment with us today!



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Acupuncture and Women’s Health

Acupuncture and Women’s Health

When it comes to health issues, how we experience them is a result of both our physical health and mental state of being. Fortunately, that means that a great deal of the threats to women’s health are preventable. It is never possible to fully prevent health issues, but by taking small steps, you can make yourself happier and healthier.

At Red Leaf Wellness, we offer acupuncture to help you benefit from the empowering
and healing capabilities of this ancient tradition. Here are just a few of the things we can help you with that relate specifically to women’s health.

Acupuncture for pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the greatest things that women can experience in life. However, many women struggle with the side effects and stress that it puts on their bodies. We offer soothing acupuncture treatments to help women deal with some of the common difficulties experienced during their pregnancies, a few of which are:

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Morning sickness
  • Sleep issues

Acupuncture for menopause

Menopause can be a difficult time in a woman’s life, as it is often fraught with issues that take away from the quality of everyday life. Acupuncture can help relieve some of the most severe menopausal symptoms. In fact, a recent scientific study concluded that acupuncture reduced hot flash frequency and severity, decreased other menopause-related symptoms, and improved overall well-being. If you are suffering from symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Dry Skin
  • Decreased libido

Our clinic in Edmonton can help you take your life back.

Acupuncture for cardiovascular health

Heart disease may be more prevalent in men, but it isn’t a male-only disease. Heart disease is responsible for nearly one third of deaths in women. By undergoing our specialized acupuncture treatments along with living a heart-healthy lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Our treatments help improve blood flow, overall body health and state of mind, which in turn reduce the some of the biggest risk factors for heart disease.

Women’s health is one of our main focuses here at Red Leaf Wellness, and we want you to know that traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture – when integrated with a healthy lifestyle – can greatly reduce risk factors, the severity of symptoms, and improve overall quality of life for women. If you are ready to get back on the right track, contact us today and find out how we can help.

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