Women's Health

acupuncture from puberty to menopause, and beyond

Part of the magic of being a woman can be found in our hormonal cycles – they connect us to the moon, to nature, and to each other. And yet, these hormones that drive so much of our experience are also susceptible to disruption from both internal and external factors.

Furthermore, issues with our hormones, our periods, or our vaginal health can indicate imbalances with, or have impacts on, our broader health. These are things that we want to address and improve, rather than expecting you to accept them as “normal”.

>Whether you are experiencing painful periods, heavy bleeds, irregular cycles, or hot flashes, we’re here to help. We provide a nurturing, safe space with individualized care that focuses on getting your body back into balance. We help you feel your best, through acupuncture, herbs, supplements, nutrition, lifestyle changes and spiritual support.

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puberty and early adulthood

At this phase of life, the body hasn’t yet developed the ruts and habits that can cause long-term challenges – which means that sometimes things can feel better faster.

We support patients at this age by helping you learn about your body and its cycles, and helping you identify the factors that may be contributing to heavy periods, irregular periods, or really bad PMS. 

Nutrition, stress management, and herbal medicine can play a big role in getting things on the right track, so that you can get back to having fun.

Women's Health: puberty and early adulthood - Acupuncture Santa Rosa
Women's Health: Reproductive Years - Acupuncture Santa Rosa

the “reproductive” years (or perhaps anti-reproductive years?)

We think of puberty and menopause as the main physical changes in women’s lives – but, in reality, there is a world of challenges and change that can happen in between.

Maybe you have received a diagnosis, like endometriosis or PCOS. Or maybe you’re facing low libido, pain with sex, severe PMS, or irregular periods.

The big challenge at this stage of life is learning how to balance your body’s needs against the demands that the world has for you – work, family, pets, bills, etc. Striking this balance can make all the difference in your body’s health and function.

We’re here to listen to your issues, and provide individualized care, so that you have the support you need to find that balance and feel better.

Of course, reproductive health is top of mind for so many people at this time of life. Fertility and / or pregnancy make up a significant number of the patients that we support – and we LOVE providing this type of care. You can click here to read about our fertility care, or here to read about our pregnancy support.

pms and menstrual pain

Periods don’t have to be painful!

We’ve been taught to quietly accept the discomfort, bloating, irritability, cramping, acne and digestive changes that come with our periods. But each of these symptoms is indicative of imbalance, and can be improved or even eliminated entirely. There’s no need for you to continue to suffer in silence.

There is plenty of research that shows that acupuncture can help with painful periods, as well as PMS in general (see some references below). But research that looks at acupuncture alone doesn’t tell the whole story.

When you seek care at Flourish, you will receive not only acupuncture, but also a personalized wellness plan that includes herbal / supplement recommendations, and nutritional and lifestyle advice. 

All of these pieces together will help you find balance, and leave the discomfort behind.

Women's Health: pms and menstrual pain - Acupuncture Santa Rosa
Women's Health: Menopause - Acupuncture Santa Rosa

menopause

Here at Flourish, we see menopause as a beautiful transformation, a new beginning. From a Chinese medicine perspective, this change comes with an energy shift from our lower body into our upper body, recentering us around love, community and care.

Of course, this transformation can also come with challenges: temperature changes, mood shifts, changes to sleep and body shape, etc. 

We have the treatments, herbs, supplements, and recommendations to help this transition become a time of ease and joy, rather than a time of discomfort and struggle. 

...and beyond

You’ve transitioned beyond your reproductive years – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel good, enjoy sex, and feel confident in your body!

Whether you’re dealing with vaginal dryness, prolapse, low libido, incontinence, etc., we’re here to help.

Acupuncture and herbs can help with so many of these issues, and we are here to support you in rediscovering your love for your body and your wonderful, wise self.

Women's Health - Menopause and Beyond

here are some of the women’s health issues that we support: