Women's Health 
Ray Hoffman L.Ac.

“I went to Ray for help with fertility -- after a miscarriage and a couple of IUI treatments, I was looking for a gentler approach. Ray was wonderful. I looked forward to the visits, and to relaxing in his office during the treatment. I am pleased to announce that I'm the mom of healthy 4 month old baby boy twins; I worked with Ray before, during and after my first IVF procedure and it worked wonders. I look forward to introducing my boys to Ray for their own treatments; everyone from my mother to my husband enjoys working with Ray.”

AT, Montclair

Your Monthly Cycle


The monthly fluctuations in a women’s menstrual cycle help her to feel connected to the pulses and rhythms in the natural world.  The treatment approaches of Chinese medicine are also focused on these temporal changes in nature, making acupuncture and herbal medicine highly effective options for women experiencing such menstrual irregularities as:

• severe menstrual pain

• extended, shortened, excessive or scanty bleeding

• menstrual headaches

• post-menstrual fatigue

• menstrual acne

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also be very beneficial for women undergoing menopause, helping to smooth this transition and easing such complaints as:

  • hot flashes
  • insomnia
  • vaginal dryness
  • mood swings
  • insomnia
  • heart palpitations
  • decreased sex drive 




Because acupuncture and herbal medicine help the body to regulate and normalize hormonal function, they can be quite successful in addressing many causes of infertility, including: 


  • shortened luteal phase
  • polycystic ovarian disease
  • endometriosis
  • fibroids
  • poor egg quality
  • irregular ovulation
  • “unexplained” infertility 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been shown to significantly increase the likelihood of full term pregnancy when used in conjunction with the services of reproductive physicians for:

  • in-vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • artificial insemination
  • intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

The following link provides detailed information about one study that has shown a positive relation between successful IVF procedures and acupuncture:

Acupuncture significantly improves reproductive outcome in infertile women




Acupuncture and herbal medicine can also be very useful in addressing some of the common complaints associated with pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum phase, such as:

  • nausea “morning sickness”
  • lower back pain
  • breech presentation
  • insufficient lactation
  • postpartum mood disorders
  • postpartum fatigue and weakness
  • infertility following a successful pregnancy 

Your Emotions

According to Chinese medical theory, our emotions are in continual flux: they ebb and flow as we move through our daily routines.  Occasionally, life events will trigger a surge of certain emotions, which, if left unchecked, can lead to compromised physiological and psychological functioning.  

Conversely, unbalanced functioning of our internal organs can also give rise to lack of harmony in our expression of emotions, which can then cause further damage to our mental and physical well-being.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be very helpful in untying and harmonizing the knotted causes and effects emotional disorders helping to address such problems as:

  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • depression
  • phobias
  • post-traumatic stress
  • mood swings
  • obsessive - compulsive disorders
  • attention disorders

Additionally, acupuncture and herbs can help individuals more successfully resolve issues they are addressing while undergoing counseling or psychotherapy.  


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