Relieve Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture?

by Laura Ramirez on September 12, 2011

Can you really relieve menopause symptoms with acupuncture? Will sticking little needles into certain points of the body actually stop symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, chills, moodiness, weight gain and more? Many acupuncturists and their clients claim it brings relief although the relief is not always long term, so women have to keep going back for sessions.

Of course, if you’re afraid of needles, you may be put off by the thought of acupuncture. In this case, acupressure is a good alternative. This involves putting pressure (rather than sticking a needle into) certain points along specific meridians (as defined by Chinese medicine). Some women have found that acupressure is equally effective at relieving symptoms of menopause.

If you’re on the fence about this, I can tell you from personal experience that I have had acupuncture and that the needles are extremely thin and do not hurt. In fact, it is kind of fun. Your acupuncturist may also recommend that you take certain Chinese herbs to balance your yin and yang and make the treatment hold and be more effective. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your treatment to flush out toxins from your body.

Here’s what one article on the subject has to say about the theory behind and benefits of acupuncture for menopause:

Acupuncture supports the theory that the body can remain healthy if a perfect balance of yin and yang is achieved. Energy, also known as qi, (pronounced chi) flows through our body along meridians, and any imbalance between yin and yang can cause the flow of qi to be blocked. Insertion of thin needles in different parts of the body that lie along the meridians will result in the energy flow being restored. An estimated 2000 such trigger points are found all over the human body which can be used as insertion points.

Acupuncture helps to curb menopausal symptoms by stimulating the release of endorphin, a neurochemical that resides in the brain and is known as the body’s natural painkiller. Along with analgesic properties, endorphins also give rise to a feeling of wellbeing. This regulates the body temperature, and clinical research has proven that acupuncture is helpful in relieving hot flushes. Acupuncture also increases blood flow, which results in improved blood circulation. This is a boon for some women as it helps them enjoy uninterrupted sleep at night, as the bothersome symptoms can even cause insomnia. This technique also balances the hormones estrogen and LH (luteinizing hormone), thus creating metabolic equilibrium. Additionally, the sense of peacefulness that endorphins trigger, helps control the mood swings and anxiety most women experience. And if one is feeling happy and relaxed, the discomfort she feels because of menopause is bound to ease away.…/can-acupuncture-curb-menopause.html

relieve menopause symptoms with acupuncture

You can relieve menopause symptoms with acupuncture.

Of course when women learn that they must have a series of sessions, they become concerned about cost, but many insurance companies now cover a limited number of acupuncture sessions per year as well as other alternative therapies. Just call your insurance company to find out.

When it comes to selecting an acupuncturist, do find one who is licensed. Better yet get a referral from your doctor or from friends. Who knows? Besides relieving other symptoms, acupuncture may untangle the tension from your body and help you feel younger and more vital. There are reasons that this ancient therapy is still used today.

How about you? Have you tried to relieve menopause symptoms with acupuncture? Did it work for you? Did it help improve other health challenges? Please share your comments below:

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