Acupuncture and amenorrhoea (no periods)

The absence of a period, or amenorrhoea, indicates a hormonal imbalance and a malfunctioning or lack of communication between the pituitary gland and the ovaries. Amenorrhoea can be referred to as primary or secondary. Primary amenorrhoea refers to a condition when a period has never come for a woman. Secondary amenorrhoea is when there is currently no menstrual cycle there have been periods in the past. Secondary amenorrhoea can be related to causes such as coming off of the contraceptive pill or polycystic ovaries.

It is suggested that acupuncture’s ability to regulate the central nervous and endocrine systems, acupuncture is able to re-establish the hormonal balance necessary for menstruation to occur. Herbal medicine is also used often to help regulate the menstrual cycle and encourage a period to return.