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How Acupuncture Eases Menopause Symptoms

Here at The Acupuncturists, we treat a wide range of conditions and problems, from hay fever to migraine, and digestive issues to musculoskeletal pain.

However, we have a particular interest in women’s health, providing support for couples going through fertility treatment, women in pregnancy, ante-natal and post-natal care, post-natal depression, treatment for period pain, and all the other issues that can show up as the body ages and changes.

One of the biggest changes any woman faces in her life, though, is the menopause – something that typically happens around as women approach the age of 50 and which can continue, across its three stages – perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.

Menopause brings about a multitude of changes, both physical and emotional. Hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, and fatigue are just a few of the symptoms that can accompany this phase.

While there are various treatments available, many women are turning to acupuncture as a holistic approach to manage their menopausal symptoms.

Understanding Menopause

Before we explore the benefits of acupuncture, it’s essential to understand what menopause entails.

Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, marking the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It is characterised by a decline in oestrogen and progesterone levels, leading to various physical and psychological changes.

Common Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause can manifest differently in each woman, but some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns
  • Fatigue and decreased energy levels
  • Joint pain and muscle stiffness
  • Vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse

Acupuncture for Menopause

Acupuncture offers a natural solution for mitigating – and in many cases, eliminating – the symptoms of menopause.

Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for thousands of years and involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow, known as Qi (pronounced “chee”).

According to the core principles of TCM, imbalances in Qi can lead to various health issues, including those symptoms most closely associated with menopause.

How Acupuncture Works for Menopause

Acupuncture can help regulate hormonal fluctuations by stimulating the release of endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters that influence hormone production and balance.

By targeting specific acupuncture points, practitioners can help alleviate the frequency and intensity of hot flashes and night sweats, providing much-needed relief for menopausal women.

Menopause is often accompanied by increased stress and anxiety, and acupuncture promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, leading to improved mood and emotional well-being.

Insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns are common complaints during menopause, but acupuncture can help regulate sleep-wake cycles and promote deeper, more restful sleep by addressing underlying imbalances in the body.

Joint pain, muscle stiffness, and headaches are also common issues during menopause. Acupuncture is well known for its effectiveness in treating musculoskeletal pain by targeting trigger points associated with inflammation and providing natural pain relief and enhancing overall mobility and flexibility.

Vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse can have a significant and detrimental impact on a woman’s quality of life during menopause – both physically through discomfort during intercourse but also emotionally through loss of libido.  Acupuncture can help increase blood flow to the pelvic region, improving lubrication and enhancing sexual function.

Tailored Acupuncture Treatment for YOUR Menopause

It’s essential to recognise that every woman experiences menopause differently, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to acupuncture treatment.

At the Acupuncturists, we’ll conduct a thorough assessment of each patient’s symptoms, medical history, and overall health before developing a personalised treatment plan.

In addition to acupuncture, complementary therapies such as Chinese herbal medicine, dietary modifications, and lifestyle adjustments may be recommended to optimise results and support overall well-being.

In the end, menopause is a natural phase of life that can bring about significant physical and emotional changes.

While conventional treatments exist, many women are seeking alternative approaches like acupuncture to manage their symptoms effectively.

By restoring balance to the body’s energy flow and promoting overall health and wellness, acupuncture offers a holistic solution for women navigating the menopausal transition.

If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms and want to consider exploring the healing benefits of acupuncture to reclaim your vitality and embrace this new chapter of life with confidence and ease please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.


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