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Beat the Heat of Hot Flashes and the Insomnia of Menopause with Acupuncture!

Let Acupuncture Be an Ally During Menopause

Let Acupuncture Be an Ally During Menopause

Would you like relief from hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia due to menopause? 

Today approximately 40 million American women suffer with the unpleasant and sometimes debilitating symptoms of menopause — about 80% of them having hot flashes and night sweats.

Hot flashes are a series of symptoms that affect women, mostly those approaching or in menopause. Hot flashes may be the single most aggravating symptom during menopause — they are the subjective sensation of intense warmth in the upper body, neck and face. They are caused by hormone changes within the body and when they occur at night, are referred to as “night sweats.”

It is not uncommon for women affected by them to experience insomnia, restlessness, irritability, and depression. They may occur in 80% of menopausal women, and may last for up to five years.

It’s no wonder that women are taking charge of their health and looking for relief! 

Women are also looking towards holistic therapies to treat their symptoms.  And studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment.

From 1997 to 1999, one of the first studies in the United States to explore the effectiveness of acupuncture in alleviating hot flashes, insomnia and nervousness, conducted by Dr. Susan Cohen, D.S.N., APRN, associate professor of the University of Pittsburgh, it was found that during the course of acupuncture treatments, hot flashes decreased by 35% and insomnia decreased by 50%. A follow-up study revealed hot flashes significantly decreased in those receiving acupuncture, compared to those receiving routine care. 

Acupuncture almost always clears the hot flashes easily and quickly, with only a few treatments. What a wonderful relief! The point sites chosen do not hurt, are gentle, and effective. Patients feel a sense of increased well-being and a higher energy level.

Other symptoms such as insomnia can be treated at the same time. In fact, acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems. Acupuncture works by approaching the mind and body holistically to address internal imbalance, encouraging the flow of natural energy, and releasing physical and mental tension.

Rest Easy - Acupuncture is Effective for Insomnia

Rest Easy – Acupuncture is Effective for Insomnia

Acupuncture can curb hot flashes and night sweats, balance the endocrine system, improve sleep quality and energy levels, improve irritability and the feeling of fogginess, increase your immune function, promote mind-body relaxation, and strengthen metabolism.

All of this combines to promote better health and an enhanced quality of life, and with no side effects. What an ally to menopause!

 

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Why Haven’t You Tried Acupuncture? Let’s Explain the Fears Away…

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Curious about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture. You’re been reading about it. Some of your friends and family may have tried it. You’ve been thinking about picking up the phone…but there’s something keeping you back. Are you interested in trying acupuncture but really want some questions answered? Problem solved! Read on…

First and most pressing…Does it hurt?

Here’s the initial caveat — every person is different, and can have different reactions. The actual sensations caused by the needles vary. Some people feel a little pain as needles are inserted, but most patients feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a bit larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair.

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Acupuncture needle, third from the top. Surprisingly small!

The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the area of the body to be treated. For example, a fleshier area of the body may require a different needling technique. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”. Many people find the treatment very relaxing, and often fall asleep!  Sometimes a little soreness in the treatment area can happen but generally dissipates within 24 hours of treatment. Proper rest and hydration is also recommended.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug free therapy which yields no side effects. There is little danger of infection from the needles, which are sterile, used once and then discarded.

Here’s some of the benefits of acupuncture — less pain, better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, a stronger immune system, better digestion, less stress, less pain, and did we mention less pain?

How May Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. The number of treatments varies from person to person. For some, relief will be immediate; others may take months or years to achieve results. Chronic conditions often take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to see significant change. 

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture? Can you help me?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions: 

Allergies, addiction, ankle pain, anxiety, appetite control, arthritis, asthma, Bell’s palsy, blood pressure, bronchitis, cancer, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cluster headaches, colitis, common cold, constipation, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, ear aches, emotional problems, eye problems, food allergies, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, fibroids, frozen shoulder, gastritis, GERD, gout, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, hot flashes, heel pain, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw pain, joint pain, low back pain, Lyme disease, knee pain, menstrual problems, menopause, migraine, morning sickness, Morten’s neuroma, muscle pain, nausea, neck pain, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, reproductive problems, rhinitis, sciatica, shingles, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, smoke cessation, sore throat, sports injuries, stiff neck, stress, tennis elbow, tendonitis, tooth pain, torticollis, trigeminal neuralgia, tmj, urinary tract, vomiting, weight loss, and wrist pain.

See yourself somewhere on that list? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less stress, less pain? 

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Don’t Panic (at the Disco or Anywhere Else)! Acupuncture Helps with Panic Attacks!

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Acupuncture Helps with Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be terrifying to deal with. The symptoms of a panic attack can include a rapidly pounding heart, paralyzing anxiety, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest tightness, shaking, sweating, and hot flashes.

There are many theories as to why we suffer from panic attacks. Not all panic attacks are caused by anxiety (and vice versa). Some of the usual suspects are hereditary causes, illness, stress, a major life transition, and medications (especially those that increase activity in the brain related to fear reactions).  There is help! Unlike most medications, acupuncture addresses the root cause so the anxiety can cease.

Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment for panic attacks and anxiety. Acupuncture has been dated back as far as 5000 BC. in ancient China and it is one of the most tried and tested therapies in the world, and is one of the oldest forms of holistic treatment, too.

Acupuncture offers a number of strategies to help relieve your panic attacks. Treatment for anxiety in general varies from person to person, as there is no “one size fits all” type of treatment — different people have different personalities, different needs, and of course, different symptoms.  The first line of defense in treating your panic attacks, is to calm your mind, relieve your anxiety, and minimize your stress. Acupuncture is very successful strategy for your panic attacks, and research has documented the positive effects acupuncture has on brain chemistry. This effect accounts for the relaxing and calming sensation patients feel both during and after their treatments.

Acupuncture also addresses your panic attacks by nourishing, restoring, and balancing, and helping the body to handle stress and adapt to change. Stress is very common, it is part of our struggle to deal with situations where we want or don’t want certain things to happen.  We can feel sadness when change happens, and fear as well when the new changes arrive. Change is a guaranteed thing, so it seems some stress is also. Acupuncture works not only for panic attacks, but also for stress, anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue.

Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach.  Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change.

Acupuncture treatments are gentle, painless, and relaxing. Lots of relief from even the first treatment!

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Cease Night Sweats with Acupuncture – Friend of Menopause!

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Acupuncture Nixes Night Sweats!

Today approximately 40 million American women suffer with the unpleasant and sometimes debilitating symptoms of menopause — about 80% of them having hot flashes and night sweats.  Hot flashes may be the single most aggravating symptom during menopause. Hot flashes are the subjective sensation of intense warmth in the upper body, neck and face. Since hot flashes occur most frequently at night, it is not uncommon for women affected by them to experience insomnia, restlessness, irritability, and depression. They may occur in 80% of menopausal women, and may last for up to five years. Depressing indeed!

Women are also looking towards holistic therapies to treat their symptoms. In 2002, the results of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study showed that conventional combined hormone replacement therapy poses serious health complications to women’s health and well-being. Hormone replacement therapy doesn’t only fail to help many women, it actually increases the risk of many cancers, as well as gallbladder disease, stroke, and heart attacks.

Acupuncture therapy is a well-known, safe, effective and natural remedy to re-balance the nervous, circulatory, and endocrine (hormonal) systems, and all glands in the body. Additionally, acupuncture helps circulate the natural flow of energy so that the body can initiate the healing process. Patients feel a sense of increased well-being and a higher energy level. All of this with no side effects!

A new study, published in the online journal Acupuncture in Medicine, showed that women who suffer from hot flashes night sweats and other uncomfortable symptoms of menopause were able to find relief through acupuncture.

The study included 53 postmenopausal women who received either actual treatment or a placebo treatment over a course of five weeks. The real acupuncture group got pierced with the needles at 10 acupuncture points while the placebo group got poked with blunted needles that did not penetrate the skin.

Results showed that at the end of the study period, the women who got acupuncture showed more relief from their symptoms compared to their counterparts who received the placebo treatment. Their hot flashes were less severe and estrogen levels were significantly higher for the women in the treatment group compared to the controls.

The beneficial effects of traditional acupuncture, according to the researchers, did not appear to be related to changes in levels of hormones that trigger menopause and its associated symptoms. The researchers suggested that traditional acupuncture may offer an alternative for women who cannot or do not want to use hormone replacement therapy to ease menopause symptoms like hormonal night sweats.

Another study included more than 260 postmenopausal women experiencing, on average, seven or more hot flushes per 24 hours during seven consecutive days. This study, conducted at the National Research Center in Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that frequency and severity of hot flashes fell in the acupuncture treatment group. The acupuncture group also experienced better sleep and better physical well-being.

So in a nutshell — acupuncture can curb hot flashes and night sweats, balance the endocrine system, improve sleep quality and energy levels, increase your immune function, promote mind-body relaxation, and strengthen metabolism. All of this combines to promote better health and an enhanced quality of life! High five, acupuncture!

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Hot Flashes Relieved Quickly and Easily with Acupuncture

Hot Flashes Relieved by Acupuncture

Hot Flashes Relieved by Acupuncture

Hot flashes are a series of symptoms that affect women, mostly those approaching or in menopause. They are caused by hormone changes within the body and when they occur at night, are referred to as “night sweats.” Most women who experience hot flashes report that they come and go rather quickly, and the symptoms tend to disappear as quickly as they arrive. In some instances, sufferers experience a warning “aura,” similar to the onset of a migraine headache.

Though hot flashes vary in intensity and types of symptoms from woman to woman, most sufferers report sweating, heart palpitations and sometimes nausea. Generally, the sensation of heat occurs in the upper body (chest, face, neck) and can often spread throughout the entire body. Although hot flashes are uncomfortable and their onset is extremely sudden, they rarely indicate a serious medical issue.

Acupuncture almost always clears the hot flashes easily and quickly, with only a few treatments. What a wonderful relief! The point sites chosen do not hurt, are gentle, and effective. Other symptoms such as insomnia can be treated at the same time.

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com