Acupuncture for Menopause: Does It Provide Relief*?

Acupuncture for Menopause
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Menopause is a period in a woman’s life marking the end of their fertility. For many women, this time has proved to be such a challenge with many uncomfortable changes occurring in their bodies. These changes include hot flashes, mood swings, bloating, fatigue, insomnia, vaginal dryness, weight gain, memory loss, and joint pains among other symptoms. To some these symptoms are light while others bear severely with these symptoms. These symptoms are associated with the changing hormone levels in the body-especially estrogen.

Acupuncture has been part of Chinese treatment for centuries. The recent past has seen this form of treatment gain more popularity. Scientists have also taken time to research on the viability of acupuncture. For instance, studies done on small groups of people have indicated a response to acupuncture by menopausal women treating menopausal symptoms. A report published by a research review in 2010 indicated that acupuncture can help with such symptoms as hot flashes and insomnia. Another research done the previous year on 764 patients showed no proof of acupuncture preventing hot flashes. The scientists however note that the research was of poor quality and that there were women who responded positively to acupuncture treatment. Further studies on larger groups are yet to be done so as to give the treatment a clean bill for public use.

In this article we take a look at how acupuncture works to alleviate* menopausal symptoms, what are the treatments for acupuncture and how acupuncture gives relief* to menopause symptoms.

What is Acupuncture Treatment?

This is a natural Chinese medicine. It is a needle based therapy used to treat* such menopausal symptoms as hot flashes and insomnia among others. It forms part of Chinese traditional medicine and has been in use for a very long time. Historical evidence dates back the use of Chinese treatment for women ailments back to 3AD.

How Acupuncture Works For Menopause?

To understand how acupuncture works, we need to look at the Chinese medical theory as regards menopause. According to Chinese medicine, menopause is a period in a woman’s life when the body preserves blood as well as energy to sustain vitality and nourishment for the body. This gives rise to life energy flowing through the body through channels known as meridians. Cases of illnesses arise when there is an imbalance in the cyclical flow of this life energy through the meridians.

Acupuncture stimulates different points on the surface of the skin to alter different biochemical and physiological conditions for desired ends. These tiny stainless steel needles are meant to disperse the energy that is locked up at these points. Their argument is that the energy that is held up ends up in the built up of heat in the body. The end result of this heat built up is the hot flash experience. With the acupuncture, this heat is released paving way to a cooling effect for the menopausal woman.

Depending on how you are feeling emotionally and physically, the acupuncture specialists are able to craft a treatment plan that is specific to an individual. If there were 10 menopausal women at an acupuncture clinic, each of the ten women will get an acupuncture that is specific to each one of them, different from each other.

The Acupuncture Treatment

The acupuncture medical theory holds that the physical and emotional effects of menopause have receptive points on the surface of the skin. To treat* the emotional and physical effects of menopause, tiny needles are place on the legs, arms, toes and shoulders of the menopausal woman with little sensitivity during the insertion process. You will however experience some little discomfort as they are inserted, but once in place, one is comfortable. The treatment takes between 5 to 30 minutes. There are problems that would disappear with the first treatment while others may need more several other appointments before they respond. The patient will therefore need weekly appointments for their treatments.

How to Get Relief* From Menopause Symptoms with The Help of Acupuncture?

For the tiny needles to work, the acupuncture needles have to work with Chinese herbal medicine and also a good diet. The diet needs to be high in raw foods such as fruits and vegetables that would stabilize sugar levels. Patients are advised to steer clear of foods that may raise such menopausal symptoms as hot flashes. They include red meats, sugar, alcohol, spicy foods, dairy products, cigars and caffeinated drinks. Patients also have to find ways to deal with stress levels as they would affect acupuncture treatment.

Conclusion

Whereas acupuncture treatment has been around for a very long time, working for the good of many women especially the Asian woman, many still hold back on trying the acupuncture therapy. This is quite understandable. The UN among many other world bodies and organizations are all putting an effort into ensuring* safe treatment for the world populace. This would work in the long run to enlighten the use of acupuncture for menopausal relief*.

It is also important that acupuncturists are trained and issued with certifications so that not any other person can claim* to have the expertise and pose danger to the patients. This makes it more comfortable for those who are already using acupuncture as a form of treatment for menopausal symptoms.

Therefore whether acupuncture or HRT, each woman should not suffer from menopausal symptoms, there is a lot that one can do to relieve the discomfort that comes with menopausal symptoms.

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Expert Author : Kathy Parks (Consumer Health Digest)

Kathy Parks is a graduate who enjoys writing on different topics including men’s and women’s health, beauty and fitness. Being a mother and wife-she drives so much strength and inspiration from the desire to have a healthy family. Her health writings are done with the same passion-to ensure healthy family members. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest for different categories.