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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





'Why Are You Doing That Point?' Yintang

By Sara Calabro

Here comes the latest installment of “Why Are You Doing That Point?”, an ongoing series that explains popular acupuncture points. This time we’ll look at Yintang.

Yintang is considered an extra point, meaning it does not correspond with any specific acupuncture meridian. There are several extra points throughout the body, but Yintang is unique in that it does actually fall along a meridian—the Governing Vessel—yet it’s not considered part of that meridian. The reasons for this are unknown.

Yintang, whose English translation is Hall of Impression, is its own entity. It’s a single point located between the eyebrows, just below the area known as the third eye (see below).

Acupuncture’s Chill Pill

The most common use for Yintang in modern acupuncture clinics is to calm the mind. Acupuncturists choose it for people who complain of anxiety and related symptoms, such as insomnia due to over thinking.

Yintang alleviates what’s sometimes referred to as monkey mind, the non-stop emotional treadmill on which many of us find ourselves. Unsettled, agitated, anxious about things we can’t control, mind spinning, unable to focus—that’s monkey mind. Yintang takes the edge off this kind of emotional restlessness and anxiety.

This Acupuncture Point Causes You to Chill Out

For this reason, Yintang is frequently called upon for acupuncture goers who are nervous about needles. Anxiety around needles has a tendency to peak upon assuming the position on the acupuncture table. Starting a treatment with Yintang can be a great way to calm a person down, paving the way for greater receptivity to the remaining points.

Yintang Benefits the Outer Head, Too

Yintang’s benefits are not limited to what’s going on inside your head. This acupuncture point is used for anything head and face-related, especially issues with the nose.

People suffering from stuffiness, post-nasal drip, sinus congestion and nosebleeds are likely candidates for Yintang. The point also is used for eye disorders as well as frontal headaches, dizziness and vertigo.

Due to its calming function and accessible location, Yintang compliments almost any acupuncture treatment or self-care acupressure regimen.

For pain conditions, try pressing Yintang in combination with Large Intestine 4. This will be especially helpful for pain on the head or face because Large Intestine 4 is on a meridian that travels to that region. For anxiety and related conditions such as insomnia, press Yintang on its own using firm pressure.

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