Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. This usually occurs from the age of 45.
Menopause is not an illness but a natural biological process that all women experience. It does not mean that you can’t stay sexually active; in fact, many women welcome this process as the end of fertility and they no longer have concerns about the monthly cycle or risk of pregnancy.
However, fluctuating hormone levels can cause disturbing symptoms. Here’s a look at the most common symptoms associated with menopause and how regular acupuncture sessions can help to relieve them.
A reduction in oestrogen production can lead to vaginal dryness. This can have a negative effect on sexual enjoyment.
Fluctuating oestrogen levels can cause the body’s temperature to rise, resulting in sudden and uncomfortable hot flushes and causing excessive sweating and heart palpitations during the night.
Hormonal imbalances and associated symptoms can cause irritability, anxiety and, in severe cases, depression.
Menopause can result in a slower metabolism and weight gain, especially in the abdominal area.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Regular acupuncture sessions have been found to be more effective in reducing menopausal symptoms than hormone replacement therapy by releasing endorphins, stabilising the body’s temperature, improving sleep patterns and boosting energy.
According to TCM Theory & Diagnostics, the hormonal system is governed by ying and yang. During menopause Yang, which represents fire, overcomes the cooling Ying. Acupuncture in conjunction with other TCM techniques such as herbal medicine and Tuina massage can strengthen and re-balance ying and yang harmonies and restore the body’s temperature, reducing hormone-related symptoms. It is also effective in suppressing food cravings and promoting positive Qi energy flows.