Pelvic Health

Pelvic Health is multilayered and it is often unspoken and accompanied by shame.

Yet, many people of all ages and genders are suffering from pelvic conditions not only physically, but also mentally and socially.

Our focused practice provides treatments to address the ROOT(s) of the pelvic concerns and you will be navigated with various tools to restore your health through the door of Pelvic Health.

Almost all of the listed conditions are best treated with Chinese Medicine (which includes Acupuncture) to address the cause(s) of your concerns and to restore your Health.

Massage Therapy can be used as a local and soft tissue therapy. 

Do you find yourself and/or your concern(s) here?

Pelvic Pain/Discomfort

Pain in the Pelvic Floor

Painful Sex

Tailbone Pain

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Itchiness

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Surgery, Scars & Adhesions

Shame, anger, frustration

Hopelessness

Urinary & Bowel

Bladder Infection

Intersticial Cystitis

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Night time urination

Frequent Urination

Urinary Leakage

Unable to urinate

Constipation

Nervous Tummy

Male Pelvis

Prostate issues

Genital warts

Infertility

Low Libido

ED

Shame, Guilt

Trauma, Anger

Female Pelvis

Endometriosis

PCOS, Uterine Fibroid

Cervical Dysplasia

Yeast Infection

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bartholin Cysts

Heavy Vaginal Discharge

Menstruation

PMS

No or Irregular cycle
Short or Long Cycle

Heavy or Scanty Flow

Mid Cycle Bleeding

Menstrual Headaches

Menstrual tongue sores

Heavy Vaginal Discharge

Conception

Fertility Prep

Infertility

Premature Ovulation Failure

Early Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage

Male Factors 

Anger, Resentment

Frustration, Self-Esteem

Prenatal

Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy Loss Prevention

Morning sickness

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Low Back Pain

Sciatica, Leg Cramps

Blood Sugar Issues

Blood Pressure Issues

Breech Babies, Labour Prep

Postpartum

Postpartum Recovery

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Urinary Incontinence

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Anxiety

Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex

Stress, Fatigue

Difficulty Transitioning

(Peri)Menopause

Heavy Flow

Vaginal Dryness

Hot Flashes

Night Sweats

Mood Swings

Libido Challenges

Identity and Sexuality

Please note:

Chinese Medicine (and Acupuncture) and Massage Therapy are separate entities and each of them requires a separate intake and assessment and are billed as such. Thus they cannot be offered in the same appointment.

Ask Akari

I have pelvic pain but I feel hesitant to take herbs. Are there options for me?


Yes, herbal medicine is only one of the many pillars of Chinese Medicine.

Non herbal options for your pelvic pain are;
- Food therapy - Lifestyle modification
- Acupuncture - Moxibustion (moxa) - Qi Gong/Exercises, Meditation - Tai Chi/Exercises, self-acupressure - Mind and Body Work etc. Some patients explore Herbal Yoni Steam (herbal steam for your genital area) or herbal wash for their pelvic concerns. For some cases, pelvic massage can be recommended (No vaginal or rectal work). If you have not seen a pelvic floor physiotherapist, you might want to consider pelvic floor physiotherapy.




I became pregnant after fertility acupuncture and herbs. Should I continue my treatments?


Congratulations! Yes, please continue your treatment to prevent loss and maintain healthy pregnancy. It is recommended to have weekly acupuncture treatments for at least the first 12 weeks (if you have a history of loss, then until you pass the mark) and continue until you are full term.




I have pain in my pelvic floor. Do you do acupuncture there?


Yes and No.

Most Pelvic Health Acupuncture is done remotely (away from the painful or irritated area).

Only when it is absolutely necessary, there might be a suggestion that your pelvic floor be needled, but it is normally not the first option. Also, you will definitely be informed and asked to give a voluntary consent before your pelvic floor is needled.

Chinese Medicine and various modalities are safe, non-needle treatment options for pelvic pain treatments.




Do you do internal examinations?


No, I don't perform internal examinations.




I am trying to conceive. How many treatments do I need?


As a rule of sum, 100 days or 3 consecutive menstrual cycles is considered as one course of treatment for any menstrual or female hormone related concerns.

It takes this much time to regulate the body and to support a potential egg to be ready and released in a better condition.

A typical treatment plan would look like:

- Weekly acupuncture treatment throughout the course to target different hormonal pictures in each part of the menstrual cycle

- Herbs (tea, powder, tincture, yoni steam, or foot bath etc.) to further restore the functions

- Lifestyle modification including sleep, exercises, breathing

- Emotional hygiene

- Food therapy etc.

Some people would require a few courses of treatments.

Once things start to regulate, treatment frequency will be spread out, and can be done every month to every few months.

Treatment plans for Male Fertility concerns would look similar to the above plan except that we work on the sperm quality instead of the egg quality.

It is also recommended that everyone who is involved in the fertility plan receive wellness treatment. They can be your partner, surrogate, egg or sperm donor etc.

Fertility Care is a team effort that requires a lot of planning and patience.

If the conception (or implantation) was not successful, we will continue our treatment following the above outlined schedule.

After a successful pregnancy, it is recommended to continue weekly acupuncture for at least the first 12 weeks to support and stabilize the pregnancy.





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253 Danforth Avenue

(Lower Level)

Toronto, ON, Canada

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