Women's Health

Women's Health Specialist
As a woman who has found healing with oriental medicine, Sharon Shuppert is especially attuned and skilled in treating women’s health issues. Visit her Austin area clinic, The Phoenix & Dragon for personalized women’s health care.
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Women's Health Q & A

by Sharon Shuppert, Dipl.OM, L.Ac

How can Traditional Chinese Medicine help with menstruation?

The principles of Chinese medicine tell us that a healthy reproductive system is based on genetics and lifestyle factors.  That said, just because your mother had menstrual problems, your’s are unique to you and you are not destined to have the same experience.  Positive changes to your lifestyle can benefit your menstrual cycle and reproduction.

During the menstrual cycle, a woman’s body is completing an internal cleansing. Chinese medical techniques used for women’s health are directed at re-balancing the Qi to relieve pain, emotional problems, and stress. If the Qi becomes sluggish and fails to flow freely, problems ensue such as endometriosis, depression, abdominal cramping, low back pain, and headaches. Our goal at The Phoenix & Dragon is to apply Chinese medical practices and offer lifestyle counseling to encourage free-flowing Qi for optimal menstruation.

What women’s health treatments are there for pregnancy?

Endometriosis is one of the most common causes for female infertility in America. That’s why, when Sharon sees patients who are struggling to conceive, her primary focus is on clearing up any problems with menstruation. In general, when a woman’s cycle is regular, including sufficient volume and duration, and a healthy color and without clots, minimal pain, and free from PMS symptoms, she is more likely to conceive.  In addition conception and a healthy pregnancy will be benefitted by having regular digestion, elimination, good sleep, a healthy diet and appetite, along with a positive mood, and abundant energy.  Acupuncture helps to regulate the body’s hormones to stimulate fertility. Sharon has had success in using acupuncture to improve conception, relieve pregnancy discomfort, reduce miscarriage, turn breech babies and to induce labor. The Phoenix & Dragon will work with you to identify the source of reproductive problems and bring the body and Qi back into balance.

How can The Phoenix & Dragon help me manage menopause?

If a woman does not have a menstrual cycle that is regular and free of PMS symptoms, then she may experience undesirable symptoms during menopause as well. At The Phoenix & Dragon of Austin, our primary focus is on bringing a woman’s body back into balance to minimize health issues throughout the lifespan. This may involve acupuncture to boost energy, diet changes, stress management, and herbal supplements to support the Qi.  Sharon has successfully helped ease the transition through menopause for those who have sought an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.

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