We happily work with MDs, Gynecologists, Pelvic Physical Therapists, and other types of providers to provide you with the most well-rounded care possible. Whatever your concerns and goals may be, our mission is to provide you with all available options and the power to make your own informed decisions.
Acupuncture and herbs may help to:
- Restart the menses in amenorrhea
- Slow a heavy flow
- Ease cramps and pelvic pain
- Reduce pain with bowel movements and urination
- Reduce pain with ovulation, sex, penetration, and orgasm
- Reduce PMS/PMDD and bloating
- Prevent spotting between cycles
- Inspire a more regular cycle
- Ease pelvic pain, dyspareunia, vaginismus, vulvodynia, and genital pain
- Soothe vaginal dryness
- Reduce pain with sex and increase orgasmic capacity
- Improve prostate health and reduce swelling and inflammation
- Soothe anxiety and depression surrounding sexual health and sexuality
- Reconnect you to your body to reduce gender dysphoria
- Regulate the sex drive
Endometriosis is a disease that affects 1 in 10 people who menstruate. On average, it takes 7-10 years for a person to receive an accurate diagnosis of endometriosis, and even after diagnosis, treatment options are limited and come with a lot of side effects (5). Acupuncture and herbs provide support to these western treatments to reduce side effects and improve success, as well as an alternative to more invasive western treatments in some cases.
Newer studies are supporting that endometriosis is nearly always tied to significant immune system dysfunction and chronic inflammation (1, 2, 3). Short term inflammation is essential for keeping us healthy and safe from infection. With endometriosis however, the immune system isn’t actually able to clear the lesions, but it continues trying, leading to chronic inflammation (5).
A recent study shows that there is a strong correlation with endometriosis and “leaky gut syndrome”. Leaky gut contributes even more to chronic inflammation, and to the digestive symptoms of endometriosis. Endometriosis is also an estrogen dominant disease (4), and estrogen dominance further contributes to chronic inflammation.
Luckily, we can work on all of these issues with acupuncture, herbs, supplements, diet, and lifestyle changes. Call 510-394-2743 to set up a free 15 minute consultation to see how we can help you.
- Capobianco A, Rovere-Querini P. (2013) Endometriosis, a disease of the macrophage.
- Harada T, Iwabe T, Terakawa N. (2001) Role of cytokines in endometriosis.
- Thiruchelvam U, Wingfield M, O’Farrelly C (2015) Natural Killer Cells, Key Players in Endometriosis
- SE Bulun, KM Zeitoun, K Takayama and H Sasano (2000), Estrogen biosynthesis in endometriosis: molecular basis and clinical relevance
- Jones, Merritt. Natural Harmony Reproductive Health, San Diego. https://naturalharmonyhealth.com/endometriosis/
Through learning this medicine, I learned to care for and listen to my own body as well. I’d spent years suffering from endometriosis without knowing what it was. I went to so many doctors and tried to convince them that something was wrong, but none of them saw my symptoms as connected. Even worse, I had to endure homophobia and (sometimes hostile) questions about my sexuality and relationship status from these healthcare providers. When they weren’t hostile, they wanted me to help them bring in more LGBTQ patients.
Luckily for me, I was also in acupuncture school at this time. I realized that I needed to decide that I deserved to feel better before I could help others feel that themselves. I began getting weekly acupuncture sessions, taking herbs regularly, focusing on eating better, and exercising more regularly. Not only did my symptoms improve, but I was even able to work through my fear of the western medical system in order to get an endometriosis diagnosis, which helped give me more information about what I was experiencing and how to better care for myself. Best of all, once I made these changes for myself, my patients started making them too.
I started studying acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to be able to offer other LGBTQ folks a holistic alternative to the dehumanizing healthcare experiences I’d been subjected to. My personal connection to queer and lesbian communities has, and continues to be the driving focus of my private practice. I love guiding patients through times of hormonal upheaval, allowing them to stay grounded despite the emotional turmoil that often accompanies times of illness. My favorite part of my job is watching people regain ownership of their healing process, reconnect with their bodies, and make positive changes in their lives.
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All advice on this site and blog is for educational uses only. Always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements, or schedule an acupuncture appointment with Katrina to get your own personalized herbal formula and acupuncture treatment. Questions? Check out the FAQ or resources pages or contact.