For women, menopause can bring on a range of emotions. Some women are glad to be done with their monthly cycle, and other women mourn the loss of their fertility. However you feel about it from an emotional standpoint, menopause brings about physical symptoms as well. Hormonal changes bring about unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain.
How can women get relief from these symptoms? You could try taking hormone supplements, but that could cause your monthly periods to return. Instead there are natural remedies that can provide relief without medication, such as acupuncture. Here’s how acupuncture for menopause can help improve your symptoms.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine involving the insertion of tiny needles into the top layer of skin. In Eastern medicine these needles are believed to restore the flow of energy throughout the body. The needles are placed at strategic points on the body that correspond to other areas of the body to provide relief of pain and other symptoms.
Western medicine accepts the validity of acupuncture, but the belief there is that it improves circulation and healing. Whatever the science behind it, it is proven to work for many people.
What is Menopause?
Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Periods may start to be irregular at first, which is the early phase of menopause called perimenopause. Once you have not had a period in 12 months, you are considered to be in menopause.
Menopause occurs because the ovaries have stopped producing certain hormones that make fertility possible. It doesn’t mean that you have run out of eggs necessarily, just that the eggs are no longer viable and you are no longer able to conceive.
Symptoms of Menopause
The following symptoms often accompany menopause:
- Irregular periods.
- Vaginal dryness.
- Hot flashes.
- Night sweats.
- Mood changes.
- Weight gain.
- Thinning hair.
- Dry skin.
- Sleep issues.
- Breasts become less full.
You can expect that your periods will eventually stop completely, but otherwise the rest of these symptoms may continue for years or the rest of your life. However, you may find relief from some of them with the help of acupuncture.
What Menopause Symptoms Can Acupuncture Relieve?
Many of the symptoms of menopause are unpleasant or uncomfortable, and some can be life altering. Acupuncture has been known to improve hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, weight gain, and even vaginal dryness. How does it do this?
Acupuncture for menopause helps to regulate hormone fluctuations in the body, which is the cause of these symptoms. It also helps to improve circulation and kidney function, both of which have an impact on hormones and how they move through the body. Acupuncture can even help reduce weight gain that often accompanies menopause due to the way hormonal changes can slow your metabolism. With the help of acupuncture you may not gain as much weight in menopause or you may be able to lose weight you’ve already gained.
Chinese Herbology Can Boost the Effectiveness of Acupuncture
Another Chinese medicine that can help relieve the symptoms of menopause is herbology. There are a variety of herbal supplements that have been used for centuries to help heal the body and provide relief from pain and other physical and emotional symptoms. Chinese herbology in conjunction with acupuncture can provide greater relief of your menopause symptoms than either treatment can alone.
Thumos Health Center Provides Acupuncture for Menopause
Whether you’re in menopause or perimenopause, if you’re experiencing unpleasant symptoms that are negatively affecting your life, acupuncture can provide relief. Thumos Health Center provides acupuncture for menopause that specifically addresses the typical symptoms. We have helped many women ease into menopause with much less disruption to their lives and health through acupuncture and other holistic healing methods. Herbal supplements in combination with acupuncture can provide even greater relief.
Call (323) 372-5150 or contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you breeze through menopause with less discomfort and disruption of your life.