Pelvic Pain

Acupuncture for Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is very frustrating and, often, poorly understood and managed. Many women suffer in silence, afraid to discuss this with their physicians. When they do, many get inadequate or inappropriate treatment, which can worsen and prolong their condition. Any chronic pain impacts one’s quality of life, relationships, and takes a toll on the psyche.

There can be varying reasons for pelvic pain, but there will typically be underlying hormonal imbalances as an initial cause or as a result of the long term imbalances and resulting stress. Female hormones are not just involved in reproduction and sexuality, they are part of the Neuro-Endocrine system and affect many  systems in the body including:  thyroid function, digestion, cardiovascular and autonomic nervous systems.

Acupuncture has been shown to regulate the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal  (HPA) and Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Gonadal  (HPG) axes.[i] This will affect hormonal balance in the whole body. This has been used to validate the rationale for Acupuncture in the treatment of many Women’s Health conditions such as fertility, polycystic ovary disease (PCOS), menopause, depression, and pre-menstrual syndrome.

Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment, in addition to regulating the hormonal axes, encouraging endorphin, serotonin production, etc., it can relax the external soft tissue trigger points, relieve stress and pain, and improve mood and energy. It is a good adjunct to therapies that work on the internal trigger points, which many people find difficult to tolerate, and which are often begun before they have adequate pain management.

Treatment is individualized and holistic. It is important to look at causes of systemic inflammation, recommendations in diet and nutritional supplementation are very important to promote longer lasting relief.  Mental and emotional issues are addressed and supported at your discretion as well as physical imbalances.

As a long time Acupuncturist in Huntington Beach I receive many referrals from local medical practitioners.

[i]  Steiner-Victorin, E et al., “Effects of Electro-acupuncture on corticotrophin releasing factor in rats with experimentally-induced polycystic ovaries.” Neuropeptides 2001, 35:227-231


Lisa Gibilie, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac.


Acupuncture in Huntington Beach, CA.

(714) 313-5505

Category: Pelvic Pain

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