Can Acupuncture Treat Menopause Symptoms?

Treatment by acupuncture

Acupuncture and herbs are a superb solution for menopausal women, as they provide safe, noninvasive, and effective treatment for these often debilitating symptoms. Chinese herbs and aromatherapy work synergistically with acupuncture to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause and get to the root of the issue.

TCM

Before you choose to go the route of hormone treatment, I highly encourage you to explore acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The beauty of the natural options are that they are free of harmful side effects. Hormone therapy is very controversial concerning its long-term effects. While it’s worked wonders for many Fort Lauderdale girls in the short term, there’s been increased incidence of ovarian cancer, fibrocystic breasts, and psychological alterations, so why not begin with a medication that will do no harm.

Herbal Treatment

Here are some Chinese herbal formulas to help treat night sweating and hot flashes.

  • Zhi bai di huang wan:Taken for hot flashes, fatigue, low back pain.
  • Er xian tang: This formulation is taken for symptoms of feeling chilly with recent onset of hot flashes, fatigue and low back pain.
  • Jia wei xiao yao wan/free and effortless wanderer: For hot flashe including symptoms such as, higher anxiety, red eyes,irritability, headaches, and stomach upset.
  • Tian wan bu xin dan/celestial emperor’: Taken for symptoms like sleeplessness, anxiety, irritability, and thirst. Fill tub with warm to hot water. Get in the water for at least 3 minutes before adding the oils. Add oils, swish around the bathtub. Soak for 20 minutes or more with low lights/candles, relaxing music and inhale deeply. Add the water and essential oils into a spray bottle and shake. Spritz yourself if you feel a hot flash coming. Keep refrigerated if possible. Shake well before using. In a small glass jar add the oils. Add 5 drops of the essential oil mix to the water. Soak a cloth in the water and apply to areas of your body such as face, neck, chest or where you like to assist you cool down the hot flashes.

Good to know

Hot flashes and night sweats often react well to treatment with acupuncture and herbs. Many patients have said things like,’I heard that cypress oil is excellent for hot flashes, but it never worked for me’ It’s important to bear in mind that herbs will only work if they address your unique needs. Everyone is unique and different. One size doesn’t fit all in Chinese Medicine.