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Menopause and alternative medicine – Acupuncture

Most women suffer menopause symptoms at the end of their reproductive lifespan between the ages of 40 and 55. Those hormonal changes cause imbalances in the hormonal interplay between the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus and the ovaries.

The menopausal symptoms include: missed or irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, moodiness and depression, headaches, memory loss, insomnia, loss of libido, vaginal dryness and dry skin, among others.

Oriental Medicine has several ways to address those menopausal imbalances, depending on the patient preference and particular situation.

According to our experience most patients refer immediate reduction of hot flashes, stabilize their mood and improve their sleep after few acupuncture sessions, although we usually recommend a series of 8 weekly sessions and at least one monthly session thereafter. In some cases we also recommend a customized herbal formula to complement the treatment. Results vary from person to person and can not be warranted.

Acupuncture has shown to be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms, lasting for up to 3 months as described on an article of The Journal of the American Menopause Society, where they studied the effect of acupuncture on hot flushes and sweating episodes after menopause, indicating that “Acupuncture significantly affects hot flushes and sweating episodes after menopause, with effects persisting at least 3 months after the end of treatment.” Read the abstract

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