Acupuncture For Menopause

Gigi Shames, LAc NHD

Offices In San Rafael & Cotati, CA. (415) 233-0165  On Twitter @Acupuncturist4U

Acupuncture can help you ease into menopause and reduce many of the uncomfortable symptoms women often experience around the ages of 45 to 55. If you want to avoid Hormone Replacement Therapy, the gentle 5000 year-old techniques of Acupuncture for menopause can help. Think twice about your natural options before you reach such dire circumstances that the gynecologist is handing you a prescription for Premarin. Assisting the menopause transition with Acupuncture can reduce or eliminate hot flashes and night sweats, and also bring better sleep, more intimate moisture and pleasure, and improved overall mood.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical tradition that uses over 2,000 pressure points and energy channels in your body to bring balance and improve performance. Acupuncture uses disposable needles as thin as a strand of hair and places them just below the skin to stimulate pressure points. Acupuncturists have holistic approaches and often recommend herbs, exercise, meditation, and other non-invasive solutions. Treatments are essentially painless but can occasionally cause tingling sensations where the needles are placed. Plus, multiple studies have shown Acupuncture to be more effective than placebos at easing menopause symptoms.

In Acupuncture theory, the endocrine (hormonal) system is closely tied to the internal balance of the Yin energy and the Yang energy. You can imagine that the Yang energy is like gasoline that fuels a car, and the Yin energy is the coolant for the car’s engine. Without the coolant, the engine overheats and begins to burn out. The same is true if there is a sharp decrease of Yin energy in menopause: lack of cooling Yin causes hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, and a feeling of being “wired and tired” at the same time.

What we do as Acupuncturists is to strengthen and nourish the Yin with specific points and herbs, thus making sure the Yin and Yang are more equal within the body.  This will restore your essential internal balance.

One recent study showed Acupuncture reduced hot flashes in menopausal women by 35%. While Acupuncture treatment is generally conducted in a short series of appointments on a regular basis, this study showed that the participating women still had fewer hot flashes even after finishing their Acupuncture regimens.

Acupuncture during menopause has numerous benefits beyond regulating roller-coaster hormone levels. Other benefits include increasing energy, improving appetite, reducing insomnia, relieving depression symptoms, improving circulation and cardio-pulmonary functioning, and relieving muscles aches.

Great news for women in your golden years: without all the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, you will be free to enjoy a phase of life marked by extreme creativity and inspiration, passion, and professional accomplishment.

Since the dawn of time women have been experiencing menopause without prescription drugs and synthetic hormones. Take control of your health! It is time to think about what is best for your body. It’s time to think outside the box… and ease into menopause with Acupuncture.