Acupuncture for Endometriosis

Acupuncture received a nod from the New England Journal of Medicine recently, citing research showing that acupuncture treatment is linked with a decrease in symptoms due to endometriosis. This condition can be frustrating to patients and practitioners, because available treatments tend to be invasive, only partially effective, or have unwanted side effects.

What Endometriosis Means
Endometriosis is a condition where the normal uterine lining (endometrium) begins to grow outside of the uterus. The uterine lining is the tissue that grows and sheds during each menstrual cycle, but this normal process becomes problematic when the tissue is growing outside of the uterus. The endometrium continues to respond to hormonal fluctuations during the cycle, and when a woman has her period, the blood that would normally leave the body becomes trapped. This commonly causes severe menstrual pain, heavy bleeding, and may cause difficulties with fertility. It is a very common condition, effecting 6-10% of women of reproductive age, and up to 50% of women with infertility.

Western Medical Treatment
Women diagnosed with endometriosis are most commonly treated with painkillers to reduce pain symptoms and oral contraceptives (birth control pills) to reduce the severity of pain and heaviness of bleeding. When these treatments fail to provide relief, or have unacceptable side effects, more invasive procedures may be used, such as ablation, or removal of excess tissue. According to Western medical treatment, the only cure for endometriosis is hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the uterus.

Acupuncture for Endometriosis
According to Eastern medical theories, endometriosis is considered an issue of improper blood circulation, or blood stasis. Treatment is focused on increasing blood circulation, and guiding these effects to the uterus, lower abdomen, and any other affected area.

Spleen 6 is an acupuncture point on the lower leg that is commonly used to increase blood circulation to the uterus and to treat menstrual pain. This point is also useful as an acupressure point to treat yourself, and a point that I often use during a shiatsu session. Spleen 6 is located a hand’s width (without the thumb) above the medial malleolus, or the inside ankle bone.

 

Another common point for any issue affecting the uterus is called Zigong, or “palace of the child”. It is located on the lower abdomen, one thumb’s width above the pubic bone, and one hand’s width to either side of the midline. Zigong is used to promote circulation to the uterus, regulate uterine bleeding, and to prepare for conception. Just like Spleen 6, this point can be used in self-massage, and responds well to warming treatment, such as moxibustion or the application of oils that promote circulation, such as Dang Gui, or Angelica, essential oil.

What to Expect
Acupuncture treatment can significantly decrease the severity of endometriosis and its symptoms for most patients. Effects are cumulative, so longer term treatment is associated with greater improvement. Most patients report less pain after four weekly treatments, but changes in menstrual cycle regularity or fertility may require several months of regular acupuncture.

S.M.

I’ve gone to Ashley Flores for acupuncture on a regular basis.  Every time I leave her office I feel completely relieved of my stress and ailments.  She has helped relieve my back pain, stomach pain, female “issues” and the stress brought on by my every day life.   Ashley is extremely calming in her nature, she asks thorough questions and has a way of making me feel very relaxed.  Extremely professional with a caring nature.

C.B.

Great First Experience!

I really enjoyed my first acupuncture experience. Ashley has a calm, knowledgable way about her that made me feel comfortable. The consultation was not rushed, it felt like she was truly absorbing my history and goals. I didn’t immediately feel a “change” that I can describe, but as days go by I feel tension patterns dissipating, which is thrilling. I will absolutely be returning to Ashley at Four Flowers Wellness!

L.D.

Outstanding Shiatsu

My Shiatsu session with Ashley yesterday was simply amazing. I still feel the effects of it. Today, I feel free in my own body; I feel free of pain. I feel taller, looser and in general, much happier and stress free. Additionally, I can feel muscles I haven’t felt in years, and have regained flexibility. I have already booked another appointment, as I see Shiatsu as a way to create real and permanent change in my body, and improve my overall health. Don’t hesitate. Work with Ashley NOW.

Harmony

I am seeing Ashley for acupuncture and herbal treatments regularly. In just 3 treatments my symptoms are resolving and I feel better. She is fully present and takes the time to listen to me at each appointment. Her healing presence, years of experience and knowledge of the healing arts is bringing my body into harmony and wholeness. I am very pleased with the deep healing and increased energy. May you and your loved ones receive blessings upon blessings. Thank you, Ashley.

L.H.

Ashley is excellent at what she does. She is professional, knowledgeable, clear and compassionate. I have tried several types of bodywork in my life, and I very strongly recommend Shiatsu with Ashley. I chose to do a series of Shiatsu sessions to get my body and mind off to the right start. So I did one session every week for 4 weeks, and then moved to one session a month to maintain. It is worth the money, and in fact, is a bargain considering how much my life has changed since I first tried Shiatsu. I noticed immediate and huge benefits following the very first session, and in each session afterwards. Some key benefits I noticed were: immediate and long-term relief from TMJ (I had surgery for jaw clenching, and this is a severe issue for me), decreased stress levels, better focus on my work and personal goals, a balanced overall feeling of wellness and happiness, increased circulation, and a huge increase in flexibility in my shoulders, back, hips and legs. You must do this. It can be life changing! Especially if you look at it as investment in your health and future!

Lori S.

Ashley not only listens to your concerns but to your body as well. Last visit I had a cold that was gone within 24 hours of treatment. A relaxing environment and a soothing treatment. I love her recommendations of herbs upon leaving each visit. I highly recommend! Today Ashley got out a knot in my shoulder that has been affecting my range of motion with her magic needles. She is the best!

L.P.

I had a consultation with Ashley for acupuncture. She is extremely knowledgeable and I immediately felt like I could really open up to her. I was not rushed at all and she followed up with me after a few days. The acupuncture itself was amazing and my body felt like it was in another world – if you’re interested in Acupuncture definitely see Ashley.

Emily

I was able to be vulnerable and honest with Ashley right away, which made my acupuncture session really incredible. Ashley is calm, welcoming, empathetic, and very easy to understand. She is exactly what you want to be around when you want this experience. Thank you!

I.L.

Great Massage!

After my massage with Ashley, I felt so relaxed but energized at the same time. She is very talented and professional.

Kat A

Ashley is a wonderful acupuncturist. She is a great listener, and is very focused and technique driven during her session. When coming to see her you definitely feel that she is really actively finding all the pieces of the puzzle and working through them so you get the best results. I appreciate every single visit I have with her.

Regular sessions with her have helped my acne, anxiety, stress, menstrual cycle, and best of all- sleep! Most of my life I’ve spent tossing and turning, waking up every few hours. I now sleep much more soundly, consistently. I highly recommend!