Contact Me

70 Merthyr Road,

Whitchurch,

Cardiff,

CF14 1DJ

07866 890643 - jackie@jackiebrown.co.uk

 

My book Is Your Mind Fertility Friendly? Is now available to buy from Troubador publishing, Amazon and other major suppliers.

 

My relaxation meditations are now available to download from all major digital platforms, and hard copies from myself. 

'Pathway to Pregnancy' - will support natural conception, and also IUI

'Imagery and Visualisation for IVF' - will support you through your IVF cycle

'Positively Pregnant' - will support you through your pregnancy

 

Useful Links

www.daisynetwork.org.uk
www.verity-pcos.org.uk
www.endo.org.uk
www.menopause.org.uk

Women's Health

iStock_000014522405XSmall.jpgAcupuncture may be very effective in helping a wide variety of health conditions through its effect on the body’s own healing mechanisms and more and more women are turning to this form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as an alternative path to health and well being.  A woman’s menstrual cycle is often a very delicate balance of the reproductive hormones and because it is such a fundamental part of her life, it is an area where much imbalance can occur. Problems may occur when this delicate balance is disturbed by the various stresses and strains in her life.

Acupuncture is a very subtle treatment and this is where it may be of benefit in gynaecological problems such as:

• PMS
• Irregular periods
• Period pain
• PCOS
• Endometriosis
• Menopause

Polycystic ovary syndrome [PCOS]

This is an increasingly common condition which affects women of childbearing age and is one of the most frequent causes of sub-fertility.

Symptoms can vary from person to person, but may include irregular or absent menstrual periods, excess body or facial hair, acne, being over weight or obese, insulin resistance or diabetes and fertility problems.

PCOS is an endocrine disorder and is characterised by the formation of several small cysts on the surface of one or both ovaries. These cysts are caused by under-developed follicles which fail to mature, and instead of producing and releasing an egg or ovum, they accumulate as cysts.

PCOS is due to an abnormal production of luteinising hormone [LH] and follicle stimulating hormone [FSH] by the pituitary gland. An imbalance of these hormones prevents ovulation from occurring and also results in an increased production of androgens or male hormones.
 
Insulin resistance also occurs in some cases and the higher blood insulin levels are also thought to contribute to the increased production of androgens. The exact cause of PCOS is unclear, but genetic and environmental factors such as diet and exercise are known to play a part.

Management of PCOS depends on symptoms, age and whether or not the patient wants to get pregnant. Treatment includes dietary advice, weight loss and stress reduction as obesity and stress can lead to an excess of androgens. Metformin is often prescribed either on its own or with Clomid.  Acupuncture may be extremely helpful for women with PCOS because it may help to regulate the menstrual cycle and increase the chance of ovulation.

Acupuncture may also be help to reduce stress levels, increase energy levels and support weight loss. Acupuncture can safely be used in conjunction with Metformin and Clomid.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] PCOS is often seen as the accumulation of damp in the body. By selecting points to treat the dampness effective results may be seen, although treatment may take several weeks/months.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects around two million women in the UK, most of who are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 40. Although it is now thought that painful periods during the teenage years could well be the onset of endometriosis, although a diagnosis may not be made for some time. Women are quite often told that period pain is normal!

Symptoms of endometriosis vary from person to person. In some women, there are no symptoms. However most will suffer from painful and/or heavy periods, pain in the lower abdomen (tummy), pelvis or lower back; pain during sexual intercourse bleeding or spotting in between periods, and fertility problems.

Endometriosis is a common condition in which cells from the womb lining, known as the endometrium, are found outside the womb in places such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, bowel, vagina or rectum.

The endometriosis cells behave in the same way as those that line the womb, so every month during the menstrual cycle they thicken and bleed. However the blood from these cells has nowhere to go and so it causes pain, swelling, scar tissue or adhesions in the abdomen. If it causes damage to the fallopian tubes or ovaries it may lead to fertility problems.

Medical treatment can be given to relieve pain and to slow the growth of the endometriosis, to improve fertility prospects and to slow the disease and prevent it from recurring. Treatment options include pain medication, hormone treatment, surgery and the use of complementary treatments such as acupuncture.

Acupuncture may be used to help to reduce the pain often accompanied with endometriosis and may improve the blood flow and reduce clotting. 

Menopause

The actual meaning of menopause is the end of the monthly periods, but it is also a term used to describe the wide range of symptoms which quite often accompany it. This phase of a woman’s life and often called “the change of life” is when the ovaries stop producing eggs, oestrogen levels decrease and her fertility declines. It may begin anytime from the early 40’s to the mid 50’s and usually lasts 2-3 years.

iStock_000007660809XSmall.jpgLack of oestrogen also brings symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, anxiety or insomnia to name just a few.

Some women sail through this phase of their lives, but others find the symptoms more difficult to cope with. It is a well known fact however that these women are often neglected by the medical profession and society as a whole. There are many complementary treatments and self help measures available for women and there is no need for anyone to suffer unnecessarily.

Acupuncture has been used in China to help with menopausal symptoms for thousands of years. Acupuncture treatment may help to regulate unstable hormone levels during menopause and may help with hot flushes but it may also help with insomnia, headaches and migraines.

The following menopausal symptoms may be helped with acupuncture:

• Night sweats
• Hot Flushes
• Insomnia
• Restless legs
• Anxiety
• Headaches / migraine