Dr. Ignatovsky & Women's Health
Cindi has been involved in Chinese Medicine since 1997. A speciality of her practice is women's gynecological issues. with advanced training in TCM reproductive medicine from pre-conception to healthy delivery. In addition to her basic acupuncture/herbalist training, she has a doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. read more ...
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Gynecology
A woman's body goes through many cycles in the course of a lifetime. From the onset of puberty, to pregnancy, and finally menopause, with years of menstruation in between, a woman's body and hormones are in a constant state of change. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can restore balance at any stage of a woman's life. TCM has been proven to have a positive effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, the body's mechanism that is responsible for keeping the female reproductive system in balance.
Women's health issues respond exceptionally well to TCM. Today, traditional protocols are combined with advances in Western medical science to maximize the success of treatments. Most gynecological conditions can be brought under control in three to six menstrual cycles.
Some of the many women's health conditions that TCM treats are:
- Amenorrhea (absent periods)
- Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
- Irregular periods
- Long periods
- Heavy periods
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Perimenopause and Menopausal symptoms
- Thyroid conditions
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Genital herpes
- Genital warts (HPV)
- Cervical dysplasia
- Hormonal migraines
- Chronic yeast infections
- Urinary Tract infections (UTI)
The following studies illustrate the effectiveness of TCM for women's health conditions:
- A 2015 meta-analysis reviewed 104 studies, and selected 12 with 869 participants that met inclusion criteria (risk of bias, quality of research, etc).
The review confirmed that acupuncture reduces severity and frequency of hot flashes and menopause symptoms and improved vasomotor quality of life in women in
- A 2002 study published in The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine focused on women diagnosed
with painful periods due to endometriosis. The results showed that 81% of the women had significantly
less pain with their periods after receiving acupuncture. 2
- A 2008 study of 649 women with dysmenorrhea (painful periods) found that a significant
number of the women reported a large decrease in pain and an improvement in quality of life after 3 months of
- A 2002 study on women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) found that 78% of participants who received a
four-week course of acupuncture experienced a significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety, irritability,
headache, breast pain, insomnia, bloating, nausea, and gastrointestinal disorders.4
- A 2005 Chinese study looked at women with ovarian cysts to determine the therapeutic effect of
acupuncture and moxabustion combined with Chinese herbs. In the treatment group, 54% of the women
had enough improvement in their condition to be considered cured. In the control group, which did not
receive TCM therapies, only 15% of the women were considered cured.5 In 2000, a Swedish study on women
with PCOS found that acupuncture treatments over a three-month period regulated ovulation in 38% of
- A 1999 study found that TCM is a very effective treatment for menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, sweating, insomnia, and anxiety. Hot flashes decreased by 35% and insomnia by 50% in women who received acupuncture and herbs for seven weeks. Another study done in 2010 found that acupuncture had a marked clinical improvement in hot flashes and menopause-related symptoms in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women.7 Other studies show that acupuncture therapies are better than hormone therapy for reducing menopause-related symptoms.
For further information on TCM and women's health, please visit:
1. Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. (2015). Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
2. Xiang D, Situ Y, Liang X, Cheng L, Zhang G. (2002). Ear acupuncture therapy for 37 cases of dysmenorrhea due to endometriosis. J Tradit Chin Med. Dec;22(4):282-5.
3. Witt CM, Reinhold T, Brinkhaus B, Roll S, Jena S, et al. (2008). Acupuncture in patients with dysmenorrhea: a randomized study on clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in usual care. Am J Obstet Gynecol. Feb;198(2):166.e1-8.
4. Habek D, Habek JC, Barbir A. (2002). Using acupuncture to treat premenstrual syndrome. Arch Gynecol Obstet. Nov;267(1):23-6.
5. Li YM, Song LZ, Wang P, Jiang HJ. (2005). [Observation on therapeutic effect of warming acupuncture and moxibustion combined with Chinese drugs on ovarian cysts]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. Aug;25(8):537-8.
6. Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Tagnfors U, Lundeberg T, Lindstedt G. (2000). Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. Mar;79(3):180-8.
7. Kim KH, Kang KW, Kim DI, Kim HJ, Yoon HM, et al. (2010).Effects of acupuncture on hot flashes in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women--a multicenter randomized clinical trial. Menopause Mar;17(2):269-80.