Published in the journal Menopause, the study looked at the effect of acupuncture treatments versus no treatments on over 200 women aged between 45-60 years.
The women receiving acupuncture saw a 36.7% reduction in incidences of hot flushes after 6 months of treatment, with improvements starting to show after only 3 acupuncture sessions. Twelve months later, these women were still enjoying this improvement in symptoms, which demonstrates the lasting sustained benefits of acupuncture.
As well as far fewer hot flushes, these ladies also saw improvements in various ‘quality of life’ factors including sleep quality, anxiety and depression.
The control group who had no acupuncture treatments experienced a 6% increase in hot flush symptoms!
Orthodox medicine so often views menopause as a state of ill-health to be ‘cured’ by taking Hormone Replacement Therapy. Some women appreciate the relief HRT can bring from symptoms; however this relief is frequently short-lived as once HRT is stopped, menopausal symptoms can return with a vengeance! This is because HRT is not a ‘cure’; it simply delays the drop in hormones that occurs at this time of life.
Many women prefer not to take artificial hormones and opt for a more natural route instead, supporting their body through this transitional phase with TCM Acupuncture, good nutrition and stress management techniques.
As a holistic form of healthcare, TCM Acupuncture supports your whole system. Stress can worsen hot flushes so if you are stressed, I will support your nervous system and help you relax. Maybe you are struggling to sleep because of menopausal symptoms: in this case I will use needling to relieve your insomnia (see my previous post on ‘Getting a Good Night’s Sleep’).
Alongside my Acupuncture treatments I like to recommend herbs and foods to support you through menopause. Some foods contain ‘phytoestrogens’; plant compounds that have a similar structure to human oestrogen but a much weaker action. These compounds can be helpful in assisting your body to cope with fluctuating oestrogen levels.
Such foods include:
Exhausted by hot flushes?
Feeling anxious and overwhelmed?
Don’t suffer in silence: contact me today. I am one of the UK’s top 3 Acupuncturists and have many years experience effectively supporting ladies to feel calm and energised throughout the menopause.