Acupuncture for Menopause

​Acupuncture is an effective and natural treatment for menopause. It will reduce your hot flushes, anxiety and mood swings. Acupuncture treatment stabilises hormonal imbalances.

Not every woman’s menopause is the same. You may sail through with barely a hot flush, while others experience life-changing symptoms.

Menopause isn’t called ‘The Change’ for nothing!

Your female hormones fluctuate and decline at a time when many aspects of your life are changing. Your parents are getting older, frailer and need more care. Children my be demanding teens or leaving home.

Having had a steady monthly cycle, you are suddenly subject to constant cardigan on/cardigan off hot flushes. 

Acupuncture for Menopause

You may be drenched with night sweats, or plagued with insomnia. You may become embarrassingly forgetful, and emotionally so not yourself. It comes with the awful unspoken question ‘Will I always be like this?’

Acupuncture is very helpful in bringing your peri-menopausal cycle back into balance. The Chong, Ren and Du channels are treated. These stimulate your pituitary and ovaries, creating a better hormonal balance.

Nourishing your Yin energy will cool your hot flushes and night sweats. It is calming, nourishing and grounding. Your sleep will improve, your will to get things done will increase, and your libido will reappear.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs reduce forgetfulness and anxiety by nourishing your Blood. You will feel more robust; less blown in the wind, less vulnerable.

In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, you will be given dietary and lifestyle advice. This is individually tailored according to your Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Acupuncture during this personal journey also works on a much deeper level through this time of change. Extraordinary energy pathways used include the Chong Mai, Ren Mai and Du Mai. Balancing these channels can help to influence and strengthen your sense of self-identity. It nourishes reserves of energy, and eases your process of letting go into a new phase of life.

7 steps to a smoother menopause

  1. Stop coffee and chocolate – yes, even the best dark chocolate. It’s too heating and stimulating for you right now.
  2. Stop alcohol, or reduce to one or two nights per week. White wine is less heating than red. Alcohol is heating and will interfere with your Liver energy, causing more emotional ups and downs, insomnia and night sweats.
  3. Increase dark green vegetables. They are cooling in nature, and will nourish your Blood and stabilize your emotions.
  4. Increase protein, to further nourish your Blood.
  5. Reduce sugar, which will in turn reduce adrenalin, and reduce your anxiety and hot flushes.
  6. Take up Yoga or Pilates, as both forms of exercise will sustain your energy.
  7. Take time for you, do the things that nurture you.

Research

The acupuncture on hot flushes among menopausal women (ACUFLASH) study, a randomized controlled trial

This study shows acupuncture reduced the frequency of hot flushes by 5.8 over 24 hours, and is more effective than self care alone in reducing hot flushes, and increased quality of life.

EK Borud et al.  Menopause. 2009 May-June;16(3): 484-93.

A comparison of acupuncture and oral estradiol treatment of vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women

In this study, acupuncture treatment was shown to significantly reduce the number of hot flushes by 50%, with no concerns over taking oestradiol. The decrease in hot flushes persisted during the 24 week follow-up.

Y Wyon et al: Journal Climacteric Volume 7, 2004 – Issue 2  Pages 153-164

Received 19 Jun 2003, Accepted 17 Nov 2003, Published online: 28 Apr 2010

Effects of acupuncture, applied relaxation, estrogens and placebo on hot flushes in postmenopausal women: an analysis of two prospective, parallel, randomized studies

This Swedish study of 102 post menopausal women shows acupuncture and applied relaxation both reduced the number of hot flushes significantly better than placebo and should be further evaluated as alternatives to hormone therapy in women with menopausal vasomotor complaints.

E Zaborowska et al. Climacteric Volume 10, 2007 – Issue 1 Pages 38-45

Received 13 Nov 2005, Accepted 03 Sep 2006, Published online: 03 Jul 2009

A pilot study comparing the clinical effects of Jia-Wey Shiau-Yau San, a traditional Chinese herbal prescription, and a continuous combined hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women with climacteric symptoms.

It was suggested that JWSYS was a safe and efficacious therapy and might be an alternative choice for relief of climacteric symptoms in postmenopausal women. JWSYS showed a good compliance and safety without estrogenic effects and metabolic alterations.

LC Chen et al, 2003 – Elsevier Volume 44 Issue 1 January 2003 Pages 55 – 62

Acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause by:

  • regulating serum estradiol, follicle stimulating hormone and luteotrophic hormone (Xia 2008);
  • increasing relaxation and reducing tension (Samuels 2008). Acupuncture can alter the brain’s mood chemistry, reducing serotonin levels  (Zhou 2008) and increasing endorphins (Han, 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to combat negative affective states.
  • stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987, Zijlstra 2003, Cheng 2009).

A comparison of acupuncture and oral estradiol treatment of vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women

In this study, acupuncture treatment was shown to significantly reduce the number of hot flushes by 50%, with no concerns over taking oestradiol. The decrease in hot flushes persisted during the 24 week follow-up.

Y Wyon et al: Journal Climacteric Volume 7, 2004 – Issue 2  Pages 153-164

Received 19 Jun 2003, Accepted 17 Nov 2003, Published online: 28 Apr 2010

Effects of acupuncture, applied relaxation, estrogens and placebo on hot flushes in postmenopausal women: an analysis of two prospective, parallel, randomized studies

This Swedish study of 102 post menopausal women shows acupuncture and applied relaxation both reduced the number of hot flushes significantly better than placebo and should be further evaluated as alternatives to hormone therapy in women with menopausal vasomotor complaints.

E Zaborowska et al. Climacteric Volume 10, 2007 – Issue 1 Pages 38-45

Received 13 Nov 2005, Accepted 03 Sep 2006, Published online: 03 Jul 2009

A pilot study comparing the clinical effects of Jia-Wey Shiau-Yau San, a traditional Chinese herbal prescription, and a continuous combined hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women with climacteric symptoms.

It was suggested that JWSYS was a safe and efficacious therapy and might be an alternative choice for relief of climacteric symptoms in postmenopausal women. JWSYS showed a good compliance and safety without estrogenic effects and metabolic alterations.

LC Chen et al, 2003 – Elsevier Volume 44 Issue 1 January 2003 Pages 55 – 62

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