Pine Mountain Chinese Acupuncture & Herb Clinic
Ziyang Zhou, L.Ac.
Acupuncturist located in Austin, TX
With over 28 years of clinical experience, Dr. Ziyang Zhou is one of the foremost acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialists in Austin, Texas. Having pioneered several new techniques and procedures in acupuncture specific to women's health and fertility, Ziyang Zhou is the right specialist for all of your menopause treatment needs. Scroll down to read more.
Women's Health: Menopause
What is Menopause?
The definition of menopause is the time 12 months after you have stopped menstruating. It is an inescapable part of life for women in their 40's and 50's, with the average woman in the United States experiencing menopause at age 51.
What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
In the years leading up to actual menopause, many women experience "peri-menopause." After age 35, a woman's hormone levels begin to decrease, particularly the hormone progesterone which counter-balances estrogen in a woman's body. As a result, many women experience irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood changes, and weight gain.
When estrogen levels decline, so do bone density and muscle and skin elasticity. With these significant losses, the risk of significant health problems increases dramatically. Cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and weight gain all increase with the onset of menopause.
How Can Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treat Menopause?
While it is a natural biological occurrence, you do not have to suffer from uncomfortable symptoms. Eating a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, and exercising regularly will help alleviate menopause symptoms. However, the most effective treatment protocols for menopausal symptoms are found in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbal supplements and botanicals help balance the body's hormone levels. Acupuncture has proven effective in managing hot flashes, irregular periods, and mood changes as well as osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, and weight gain. Where synthetic hormones must be closely monitored and can yield unpleasant side effects, Dr. Zhou offers an alternative to the western way of thinking with centuries-old methods and modern techniques.
Insurance & Pricing
Our clinic participates in most major insurance programs and networks. However, insurance plans vary in coverage so acupuncture is not a guaranteed benefit, even when Dr. Ziyang Zhou is an in-network provider. Please call your insurance company to verify or our office can verify it for you. We are proud to now be covered by Veterans Affairs Patient Centered Community Care (VAPC3). See our "Before Your Visit" page in Patient Information for more information. Currently Medicare covers acupuncture for lower-back pain only when it is performed by medical doctors or in their offices. Licensed acupuncturists are not covered because we’re not in-network with Medicare. Without insurance coverage, we offer a discounted rate of $120 for the first treatment and $100 for each additional treatment. Or we offer a prepaid package of 5 treatments for $90 each for a total of $450 ($70 in savings).
Words from our patients
"Such a rare and qualified practitioner. Has helped both me and my children immeasurably with a number of health issues. Highly recommend."
"For five years the acupuncture, herbs and consultation that I have received from Dr. Zhou have created a sense of ease in my system and daily life."
"Dr. Zhou at Pine Mountain is incredible. I've had about 15 treatments so far, and my back and elbow injuries feel much better."
"I started going to Dr. Zhou three years ago. I now consider him my primary care doctor since he has helped me with IBS, allergies, menstrual period, and hypothyroidism."
"Best Acupuncturist in Austin! He initially treated me for female infertility issues. I conceived within 2 months. Currently treating me for pregnancy aches and pains."
"He is fabulous! He also understands medical terminology because he was a Medical Doctor in China, which helps the bridge over from Western medicine to Eastern medicine."
"Dr. Zhou is very professional and demonstrates a level of care and concern not often found in the medical industry today. I would highly recommend him."
"I am extremely nervous about needles but Dr. Zhou is extremely gentle and tailors his technique to the patient."