Can Acupuncture Cure My Menopause?
Hot flashes, mood swings, disrupted sleep...sound familiar? Menopause can be a life-changing experience – in the thick of it, menopause disturbs your life and forces you to readjust and rearrange you how live life. Many women that going through this big of a change have looked to all sorts of treatments and cures to try to ease the symptoms that seem to be taking over their lives. But, did you know that acupuncture can help relieve the symptoms of menopause? Here are some of the ways that this ancient Chinese needle therapy can help curb the severe and often life-altering symptoms of menopause.
A recent study looked at 53 women that were in the middle of menopause. Out of these, 27 of them received acupuncture treatment two times a week for ten weeks. The women had needles placed at certain points in the body that are known to bolster energy and release endorphins. The other women were given blunted needles that were considered ineffective. The women that received true acupuncture treatment reported less severe hot flashes and mood swings when compared to the women that did not receive treatment.
The transition into menopause can take several years, and women often experience a significant fluctuation in hormone levels during this time. Hormone replacement therapy and other medications/drugs are common “fixes” for women that are experiencing major symptoms of menopause. This recent acupuncture study, though small and not completely conclusive, shows a glimpse into how natural treatments can help minimize menopausal symptoms in women. Acupuncture, in combination with eating well, staying active, and using other mind and body practices such as yoga and tai chi, allows the body to work together with itself, rather than working against itself. This means that menopausal women have the opportunity to sleep better, experience fewer hot flashes, and in general, feel better and less moody.
If you have menopausal symptoms that have not responded to traditional treatments, talk with your doctor to see if acupuncture may be able to help. Every person experiences menopause in a different way and many treatment responses vary from person to person. Acupuncture is a simple, drug-free way to approach menopause that can give you the opportunity to regain your body’s overall balance. It allows your body to heal itself naturally, rather than with medicinal treatments.
If you’re tired of menopause controlling your life, talk to your doctor about acupuncture today!