Menopause is the time of change, it happens when the ovulation in a woman’s body has ceased. It is a transitional period that lasts from as short a time as few months to as long as several years. Symptoms such as hot flashes, weight gain, joint pains, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, memory loss, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, etc. are experienced as the body tries to adapt to the loss of estrogen.
How Is Menopause Treated?
When the symptoms of menopause begin to show and makes a woman uncomfortable, HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy should be done. This treatment may reduce the severity of some symptoms like hot flashes, but it can also be a cause of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers and other health conditions.
These days, there is another solution for menopause symptoms other than HRT and that is the Chinese traditional medicine, acupuncture. The process has been found to relieve symptoms such as irritability, a foggy mind and hot flashes. This claim is supported by evidence saying that herbal medicine and acupuncture have been used to promote womens’ health.
Acupuncture Is One of the Techniques Used In Traditional Chinese Medicine
Every individual displays unique symptoms during menopause and they are treated according to their specific symptoms by using Chinese herbs, bodywork, energetic exercises, lifestyle/dietary recommendations, acupuncture and a variety of other techniques to restore imbalances in the body. For example, in Oriental medicine, if five women are treated for hot flashes, each of them will be treated using unique, customized treatment methods that involve different acupuncture points, different lifestyle recommendations, different herbs, etc.
How Acupuncture Menopause Works?
Oriental medicine is based on the foundation that there is Qi (life or body energy) that flows through channels connecting all the body’s major organs. These channels are called meridians. When the cycle of Qi becomes imbalanced, the body becomes ill. Acupuncture stimulates specific points to balance the energy flow and may alter the bio chemical and physiological conditions of the body for it to achieve optimum health.
Acupuncture points to treat menopause are found all over the body, so during a treatment, needles will be inserted on the shoulders, arms, legs, little toe and other body parts. The needles are hair thin, so that even if there could be a moment of discomfort during the insertion of these needles to the skin, the patient can ultimately relax, once the needles are in place.
Acupuncture Is Medically Acknowledged
Today, acupuncture is already a respected and acknowledged field of medicine that can be practiced after a formal training and certification. In many counties, provinces and states, acupuncture is legislated to ensure that the treatments offered under it are of high quality. If you need an acupuncturist, find one who has been trained and with experience in treating menopause symptoms and one who practices near you. One good point to bear in mind is that being a licensed acupuncturist does not guarantee the best service. Oriental medicine and acupuncture are arts and sciences that require many years to master.