Menopause, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
The majority of women know that menopause usually occurs between 48 and 54 years of age. But did you know that menopause is not only responsible for hot flushes but can also be responsible for other common symptoms including:
- Feeling hot followed by feeling cold
- Dry skin
- Trouble sleeping
- Reduced libido
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
Of course women may experience none, one one or several of these symptoms and the severity may vary between each individual.
In western medicine menopause is when the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and making most of their estrogen. In TCM estrogen is considered to be ‘Kidney Yin’ and progesterone to be ‘Kidney Yang’. It is believed that as we get older our “Chinese Kidney” function is gradually depleted and can become unbalanced.
In Chinese Medicine we use acupuncture to help balance and replenish the ‘Kidney Yin and Yang’ and subsequently assist in reducing menopausal symptoms.
Two recent studies (Chiu et al (2015) and Avis et al (2016)) have found that acupuncture assists in improving hot flushes frequency and severity, menopause related symptoms, and quality of life in women experiencing natural menopause.
More information can be found at the Australian Menopause Centre. Australian Menopause Centre
To find out more about how acupuncture can help you book an appointment now with Ann on Mondays from 9am to 7pm.