Recently, we’ve noticed an increase in the number of patients dealing with menstrual and hormonal issues. In response, we’re dedicating this blog post to an exploration of Traditional Japanese Therapy as a potential remedy for Amenorrhea, one of the most common menstrual problems.
Amenorrhea disrupts a woman’s menstrual cycle, impacting her emotional and psychological health. Traditional Japanese Medicine (TJM) aims to restore this health by identifying the unique underlying imbalances contributing to these conditions in each patient and helping her to deal with them.
Let’s take a look at how our approach can provide a solution to amenorrhea issues.
Treatment with NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy
NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy is an integrated treatment method which addresses women’s health issues like amenorrhea by focusing on the flow of energy (Qi) in the body.
In modern western medicine, Amenorrhea is defined as the absence of menstrual periods in women of reproductive age. It is classified into two types:
- Primary amenorrhea: when a woman has not started menstruating by the age of 15-16.
- Secondary amenorrhea: when a woman who has previously had regular cycles and is not pregnant, breastfeeding or menopausal stops having periods for three or more months.
In TJM, amenorrhea is linked to energy imbalances such as blood stagnation and Qi deficiency in organs such as the spleen, kidney, and liver. (These are not “organs” as understood in western medicine. The terms are used here in the Oriental medicine sense of the words.)
To treat amenorrhea, TJM makes use of an individualized and personalized approach, especially targeted acupuncture. Traditional Japanese acupuncture is thought to be effective for improving female hormonal issues by restoring and rebalancing Qi energy in the spleen, kidney & liver organs and regulating the menstrual cycle.
The Case of Madame K
The client, a 33-year-old woman, found herself troubled by a sudden absence of her menstrual cycle for approximately three or four months. In a time of significant stress, her regular menstruation cycle had been disrupted. She also reported experiencing stiffness around the neck and severe fatigue.
Examining her from the perspective of TJM, her symptoms revealed an underlying pattern of Qi deficiency in the spleen and kidney. After her first treatment session with Traditional Japanese Acupuncture (TJA), the rhythm of her cycle was restored. Since then, her menstrual cycle has continued to come regularly and her neck stiffness and fatigue are mostly in remission.
The acupuncture points used for her treatment are ones frequently selected for amenorrhea cases, including KD12, GB34, SP 6, LV3, etc. These points are instrumental in the regulation of Qi specifically for the ovary – uterus functions. Thus, it is effective for the treatment of menstrual irregularities, and bringing stability to the menstrual cycle.
This particular case sheds light on the potential efficacy of TJA as a therapeutic approach to amenorrhea. Based on scientific research, it is believed that acupuncture may be an effective therapeutic treatment modality for menstruation because it modulates the activity of brain receptors that regulate the secretion of hormones involved in ovarian function, such as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy aims to restore balance, regulate menstrual cycles, and promote overall health, in alignment with our innate inner wisdom,
TJA stimulates Qi and blood flow with ultra-thin needles and a variety of gentle techniques, suggesting that it may be a promising modality for the treatment of amenorrhea. It seeks to restore menstrual health and wellness by realigning the body and mind through the stimulation of its vital energy flow.
If you suffer from menstrual issues such as amenorrhea but have not tried this type of therapy before, this might be a good time for you to consider our Traditional Japanese Therapy based treatment system.
- Electrical and manual acupuncture stimulation affect oestrous cyclicity and neuroendocrine function in an 5α-dihydrotestosterone-induced rat polycystic ovary syndrome model – PubMed. (2012, May 1). PubMed. https://doi.org/10.1113/expphysiol.2011.063131
- Impact of electro-acupuncture and physical exercise on hyperandrogenism and oligo/amenorrhea in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial – PubMed. (2011, January 1). PubMed. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00495.2010