Acupuncture is Effective for Treating the Symptoms of Menopause

 

Menopause is difficult. Walking outside in the heat of the day is debilitating. Our Moods shift quickly from fine to miserable. Depression, fatigue, and insomnia are the main complaints I hear in my office.

Chinese Herbal Medicine works miracles. Formulas are geared to Clear Fire and Calm Spirit. I have seen this medicine work and work well for the symptomologies of menopause.

At the end of my Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs study I went to the same University as my teacher in Harbin China there I focused on Women's issues during an internship. Women were tearing up their western medicine prescriptions and asking to be treated by Chinese herbal formulas. I was so impressed by the efficacy of these very well thought out concoctions.

These formulas since I attended school in China are so much easier to take. They come in the form of tiny pellets which are easy to carry and take. My patients often expect a convoluted formula which is time-consuming to make and not palatable, that is not the case. Some of the formulas names are translated from Pin Yin and are titled Calm Spirit or Build Immunity. Menopause is treated by Clearing Fire, Heart Fire, and Kidney Fire specifically.

A study (March 2011) tested the efficacy of acupuncture in treating the symptoms of menopause. The study placed women who were suffering from a variety of menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, into two groups. The control group received ‘sham’ treatments consisting of blunt needles that were not inserted into the body. The other group received acupuncture at 10 specified points. The trial consisted of treatment for 20 minutes, 2 times a week for a 5-week course of treatment. Patients in the control group enjoyed significant reductions in the severity of their symptoms when compared to the control group.

This comes as no surprise to anyone who has studied Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine has a history of treating gynecological conditions that date back over 2000 years. While acupuncture by itself can be effective in treating many conditions, the overall efficacy can often be increased by adding the prescription of Chinese herbs.

Feel better and Cool your Fire and Calm Spirit. Come in for a treatment, call 802-859-8900 310 Pine St. Suite 108 Burlington Vt 05401

 

 

Source: aim.bmj.com/content/29/1/27.abstract