Menopause, and associated symptoms of hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, is something most women will face as they get older. Many will try Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Some will try to suffer through. Others might try herbal remedies (as discussed in my previous post). But what about acupuncture?
Acupuncture is actually a very good choice for dealing with the annoyances of menopause. And it comes with no side-effects, unlike Hormone Therapy (HT).
A good acupuncturist will be able to use needles to treat such common menopausal complaints as:
- Metrorrhagia (irregular bleeding, bleeding between periods) and menoxenia (menstrual disorders), which in TCM theory is thought to be caused by hyperactive liver or weak spleen
- Depression, again as a result of liver dysfunction.
Acupuncture can alleviate other symptoms of menopause. The TCM approach is to nourish kidney Yin, a decline of which is thought to be the underlying cause of menopause (and aging in general), soothe liver Qi, and clear deficiency heat/fire (which causes hot flashes).
This seems to be a hot topic now as there’s a good post over at Marks Daily Apple on menopausal hot flashes, and the author mentions acupuncture as one of the methods available to relieve symptoms of menopause, and uses it herself!