Teen Health Concerns and Chinese Medicine

teen in pain

It’s tough being a teenager these days.  Well it always has been actually.  But it is REALLY tough now.  We’ve all been there and can empathize, but now as parents what can we do to help  our kids feel their  best  so t hey can  truly shine  their  brightest?    It  hurts so much to see your child hurting, and unfortunately many teens are suffering more than they should have to.


In this article I want to focus mainly on young women and especially the most common health issues they encounter: menstrual difficulties, chronic headaches, and anxiety.


When I’ve talked with groups of high schoolers, they talk like headaches, cramps, and anxiety are par for the course.  A day in the life.  But honestly, that’s not fair.   And it’s not true. These are all symptoms that there’s an imbalance, and the body is crying for help.


Menstrual Problems


Normally the period will begin anywhere from age 9 to 18.  Of course the middle of that range is the most typical.  In health class they may learn some things about menstruation, but there’s a lot more that is not really freely discussed.  Yep, all those details.  Some girls  may think that  however their  mom or  sisters other relatives experience is explanation enough for what to expect.  And while some  patterns can  be hereditary, it doesn’t mean she should just  resign to  pain or suffering.  Chinese medicine has  been  treating gynecological  issues  for thousands  of  years, and often we can  really relieve many common problems that  may occur even in the early years of menstruation.  Here is a list of  problems that  I  commonly help  with:


  • Cramps and Pain (dysmenorrhea)
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Irregular cycles
  • Lack of  bleeding (amenorrhea)
  • PMS
  • PCOS

Our clinic specializes in a variety of gynecological issues, and we are passionate about setting up young women for healthier cycles.  Taking care of imbalances early will often prevent many longer term problems that lead to more serious problems.



Headaches are not normal! Maybe 1 to 2 headaches a year I wouldn’t be concerned about, but daily, weekly, even monthly headaches are a definite sign of an imbalance in the body.  Through our diagnostic methods we find the root cause and come up with a treatment plan to stop recurring headaches and migraines.  Life is much easier when it’s pain free, and teen girls can use all the help they can to get through these years.




While this is a complex issue, there is so much that acupuncture and sometimes herbs can address.  Often there is an underlying energetic imbalance in addition to habits and lifestyle choices that greatly impact our ability to handle stress.   I often also use Neuro  Emotional Technique to address underlying stress patterns to get to the root  issues.


Taking Steps For a Happier Healthier Teen

If you know a young person who suffers with any of these concerns, please have her parents contact me to arrange a free  consultation over Zoom or in person.  A more vibrant life is a call or text away.

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