Two recent research trials highlighted below have shown that acupuncture works for menopause. It can produce fast and clinically relevant and sustained reduction of hotflashes and night sweats. A series of treatments over a few months can result in effects lasting several more months.
Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common and troublesome symptoms associated with menopause. A hot flash is a transient sudden episode of flushing, sweating, and sensation of heat often accompanied by palpitations, weakness, sleep disturbances, and feelings of faintness, anxiety, and/or panic.
Hormone Replacement Therapy has risks.
Relief from hot flashes and night sweats is the primary reason women seek hormone replacement therapy (HRT) which may include estrogen and progestin hormones. Although effective, depending on your specific circumstances, HRT is associated with serious risks (increased risks of cancer, blood clots, heart disease, and stroke). Acupuncture can be seen as an alternative to HRT with other benefits other than just avoiding the HRT risks!
Here is how our acupuncture approach goes beyond night sweats and hot flashes.
Our approach is not to just apply a standard research acupuncture protocol for menopause; we customize each acupuncture menopause treatment to reflect your changing situation and adapt our focus to support ongoing progress. Our clients tend to see improvement in imbalances like skin and hair symptoms, sleep problems, emotional issues (mood swings, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks), and headaches and joint pain too. We give you homework for self care (acupressure points, diet and lifestyle suggestions, stress management), including trying a tracking system. This helps create more awareness for triggers and influences and encourages positive change during this transition in your life.
We see you as a whole ecosystem and support your body’s tendency to heal and be in health. (see our blog on healthspan).
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Recent Research on Menopause:
- Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) Study: a Pragmatic, Randomized Controlled Trial. N.E. Avis et al. NIH National Library of Medicine. Menopause. 2016 Jun; 23(6): 626–637.
Efficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study). K.S. Lund et al. British Medical Journal. Vol 9, issue 1. 2018.