At our Affordable Acupuncture Clinic in Guildford we treat many women before & during menopause.
Interestingly, 30% of people who come for acupuncture are women age 40-69. Sometimes women don’t realise their problems are due to hormonal changes & can be treated with acupuncture.
The World Health Organisation has approved Acupuncture to treat menopause. It also approved acupuncture for other women’s issues. We have written about these issues here.
The most common symptoms of menopause are night sweats, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, depression,anxiety, foggy headaches, palpitations, loss of libido & hot flushes.
These symptoms are due to lower levels of estrogen and other hormones.
The main drug used to control symptoms of menopause is HRT, tablets or patches. This can work but it increases the risk of breast, ovarian & uterine cancer.
How Chinese Medicine Explains Menopause
Menopause happens when a woman’s body needs to preserve blood & energy to help keep the Kidneys nourished. The extra kidney energy is then used to feed the spirit & extend longevity. On a deep level this is seen as a change from mother to enlightened & wise being! So with Chinese medicine, the menopause isn’t about struggling and feeling unwell. It is more an opportunity for growth.
How We Treat
Acupuncture can help with the length and severity of hot flushes. We find that it also helps a lot with many other symptoms. We aim to treat each person’s individual symptoms. As well as acupuncture, we recommend diet & lifestyle. For example, try & eat less dairy products, red meats, alcohol, sugar, spicy foods. Also caffeine & smoking is not good. We also can give you exercises to do. It’s amazing how much the right exercise can help.
After many years of helping women with one of the biggest changes in their lives I am starting to need my own remedy! Last year I began getting hot sweats, bad sleep, palpitations. I had a course of acupuncture treatments last year with David. Amazingly all my symptoms went away & my sleep returned back to normal. A year later I am still symptom free. So I don’t seem to need any treatments at the moment.
Acupuncture worked so well for me, I wonder how women cope without it!
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