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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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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