Menopause is a naturally occurring condition that primarily affects women between the ages of 45-56. The root cause of menopause is hormonal imbalance, and it can affect women in a variety of ways. The bottom line, however, is that menopause – and its many symptoms – can adversely affect the well-being and everyday life of its sufferers.
Acupuncture will reduce hot flashes and other symptoms.
Menopausal symptoms vary from individual to individual and can run from mild to acute. Studies have shown, however, that between 20 – 50% of women experience symptoms distressing enough to seek medical help. The most common symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Aches and pains
- Hormonal Replacement Therapy
One of the most common medical approaches to menopause and its symptoms were Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT). And while HRT has been prescribed for many years, recent studies have shown that although it can be effective in treating symptoms of menopause, it also comes with its own list of side effects and health dangers. Simply put, HRT involves the ingestion of medications that contain female hormones, in order to replace the hormones the body no longer makes during menopause. However, HRT is no longer the common practice it once was, as it has been found to put women at risk for a number of serious health conditions:
- Heart disease
- Blood clots
- Breast cancer
- Acupuncture and Menopause
Acupuncture has been used to treat women suffering from menopause for many years. It is a safe, effective, and natural way to relieve unwanted symptoms. In fact, one recent study found that regular acupuncture treatments were highly effective at reducing the frequency of hot flashes in women by as much as 50%. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, menopause is a naturally occurring event, due in most part to a deficiency of yin. This results in an imbalance of the body’s natural hormones and rhythms, which in turn leads to symptoms like hot flashes, irritability, and insomnia.
Acupuncture is a safe way to help with menopause.
By targeting specific pathways, acupuncture restores hormonal balance and those areas of the body that cause the most common symptoms. It is important to remember, however, that acupuncture – unlike HRT and other treatments – is a personalized treatment. No two bodies are the same, and no two people suffer symptoms alike. By working closely with your trusted practitioner, you can develop an acupuncture treatment that is personalized to your body and your symptoms. And the best part: it is safe, relaxing, natural, and free of unwanted side effects.
If you are suffering from menopause, and would like to try acupuncture as a safe way of relieving your symptoms, or are interested in any other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, book an appointment today by phoning 604-260-2713 or visit us in person.