More and more women are finding alternative methods to control menopausal symptoms. I recently spoke with my sister who has been using acupuncture with great success in curbing her hot flashes and sleep issues. New research has shown positive results for regulation of menopausal symptoms with the use of Acupuncture. In the U.S., the practice of Acupuncture is regulated. You can find state-specific regulations on Acufinder.com.
How Acupuncture Works
The basic foundation for Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect. You will meet with your Acupuncturist to discuss your symptoms and develop a plan of treatment.
The Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture points to treat the emotional and physical effects of menopause are located all over the body. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your little toe!
There seems to be little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. Occasionally, there is a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place, most people relax and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.
The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.
The therapy is generally considered safe and may offer other health benefits. To manage your menopausal symptoms, consider self-care strategies such as following a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting sufficient sleep. If you’re considering the use of acupuncture for the treatment of symptoms associated with menopause (or a chronic health condition), make sure to consult your physician before beginning your acupuncture sessions.
Find an Acupuncturist
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is an art and a science that takes years to master. Look for an acupuncturist with formal training and experience in the treatment of menopause on www.acufinder.com