Acupuncture for Hormone Balance

Female Hormone Balancing by Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves stimulating various physiological responses. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a variety of health conditions, including hormonal imbalances in women.

Hormonal imbalances can occur for many reasons, including stress, diet, age, and underlying health conditions. Acupuncture can help balance women’s hormones by regulating the body’s natural hormone production and reducing stress levels. Book a free consultation to learn more about using acupuncture to help balance hormones.

How Acupuncture Is Used To Aid Hormone Imbalance

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers that also help to reduce stress and anxiety. This can be beneficial for women who are experiencing hormonal imbalances due to stress. Acupuncture can also regulate the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis, which controls the production and release of hormones in women.

Additionally, acupuncture can improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, which can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and promote ovulation. This can be helpful for women who are struggling with infertility or irregular periods due to hormonal imbalances.

Overall, acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for women who are seeking to balance their hormones naturally. However, it’s important to note that acupuncture should not be used as a replacement for conventional medical treatment, and women should always consult with a qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment regimen.

    • Light/heavy periods
    • Irregular cycles/periods
    • Painful
    • Missed Periods (Amenorrhea)
    • Menopause
    • Migraine headaches
    • PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)
    • Morning Sickness
    • Pre-Eclampsia
    • Pain During Pregnancy
    • High-Risk Pregnancy
    • Labor Preparation
    • Breech Position
    • Encourage Proper Fetal growth/position
    • PCOS
    • Endometriosis
    • Assisted Reproductive Tech (IVI, IVF)
    • Sperm Count & Morphology

Meet Our Women's Hormone Balance Specialist: Devin Babat

Devin Babat

Women’s Health Specialist

Devin has been in the Health and Wellness field since 2007, where she started as a massage therapist specializing in injury management, sports, and prenatal massage. She decided to further her education and attended Five Branches University in San Jose California; there she studied acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, medical qi gong, and asian bodywork. She graduated with a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2017 with an additional certificate in orthopedic medicine and gynecology.

As a student, she was invited to intern at the Reproductive Science Center in San Ramon and completed 1 year of additional training in acupuncture to support fertility and people undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF. In 2019 She was asked to join an integrative health team that provided acupuncture assistance to those undergoing IVF at the top reproductive health centers in San Francisco, while continuing to maintain and grow her own private practice in Silicon Valley.

Devin also has a set of young twins, and in 2020 she moved back to Portland to be closer to family. She joined the Portland Wellness Care team in 2022 and we are excited to have her knowledge and experience.

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Fertility & Acupuncture: Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture can release various hormones in the body, including:

  • Endorphins: These are the body’s natural pain-relieving hormones and can help reduce menstrual pain and cramping.
  • Cortisol: Cortisol is a hormone that regulates stress levels in the body. By reducing stress levels, acupuncture can regulate cortisol levels and improve hormonal balance.
  • Serotonin and dopamine: These are neurotransmitters that regulate mood and can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Oxytocin: This hormone is involved in regulating the menstrual cycle and is also known as the “love hormone” for its role in promoting feelings of bonding and attachment.
  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH): This hormone regulates the production of cortisol in the body and can help regulate stress levels.

It is important to note that the release of hormones can vary greatly among individuals and that the effects of acupuncture on hormone levels are not fully understood. Additionally, it is important to use acupuncture in conjunction with standard medical care.

Yes, Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy, can help balance hormones in the body.

Acupuncture works by regulating hormones, improving blood flow, and reducing stress and anxiety, all of which can have a positive impact on hormonal balance. Additionally, Chinese herbal medicine can help regulate hormones by balancing the energy and functions of various organs in the body, such as the liver and kidneys, which play a key role in regulating hormones.

Dietary therapy, which is an important component of Chinese medicine, can also help regulate hormones by promoting healthy eating habits and addressing nutritional imbalances that may be contributing to hormonal imbalances.

Hormonal imbalances can be caused by a variety of factors and can result in a wide range of symptoms that can affect many aspects of their physical and emotional health. Here are some of the most common signs of hormonal imbalance in women:

  • Acne
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Changes in menstruation (regularity and heaviness of flow)
  • Mood changes
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain or loss of joint mobility
  • Decreased libido

Hormonal imbalances in women can be caused by a variety of factors, including lifestyle habits, underlying health conditions, and medications. Here are some of the main causes of hormonal imbalances in women:

  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • PCOS
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Poor diet
  • Poor sleep
  • High stress
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Blood tests are the most common way to check hormone levels. Your OBGYN may order a panel of tests that measure levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones, and other hormones.

If you have a hormonal imbalance, the appropriate treatment will depend on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Here are some general steps you can take to manage a hormonal imbalance:

  • Changes to your diet
  • Eat less refined foods especially sugar
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase the amount of deep sleep
  • Maintain a moderate weight

By doing all of the above mentioned and using acupuncture, which can help support the patient through lifestyle changes; especially stress reduction, improved sleep, and promoting digestive and gut health.


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