Acupuncture helps our bodies relax and lowers cortisol levels, allowing our hormones and organ systems to work better in a reduced-stress environment. This is beneficial to all–regardless of age or gender.
Children can also receive acupuncture–with thinner needles and much shorter retention times (usually immediate removal after insertion). Tuina (a form of massage) can also be used on pediatric patients, as well as acupressure, for a variety of conditions.
For centuries, acupuncture and herbal remedies have been helping women regulate their cycles, curb PMS symptoms, treat fertility, and reduce the symptoms of menopause. During pregnancy, studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for stress, morning sickness, hip and low back pain, and mild to moderate depression. Acupuncture can also help with labor induction and shortening the length of labor.