Search
Add Listing

Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes In A Flash

By: Dr. Gigi Shames L.Ac., NHD, Dipl.OM, CMT

Acupuncture can help you ease into menopause and reduce many of the uncomfortable symptoms women often experience around the ages of 45 to 55. If you are hoping to avoid hormone replacement therapy, get started early with the gentle 5000 year-old techniques of acupuncture. You may still experience some menopausal symptoms but they should be fewer and further between. Assisting the menopause transition with Chinese medicine (including points, herbs, tea, physical exercise, stress relief) can reduce or eliminate hot flashes, and also bring better sleep, more intimate moisture, and improved overall mood.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical tradition that uses over 2,000 pressure points and energy channels to improve your body's performance. Acupuncture uses disposable needles as thin as a strand of hair and places them just below the skin to stimulate pressure points. Acupuncturists have holistic approaches and often recommend herbs, exercise, meditation, and other non-invasive solutions. Treatments are essentially painless but can occasionally cause tingling sensations where the needles are placed. Multiple studies and thousands of anecdotes have shown these treatments to be effective at easing menopause symptoms.

In acupuncture theory, the endocrine (hormonal) system is closely tied to the internal balance of the Yin energy and the Yang energy. You can imagine that the Yang energy is like gasoline that fuels a car, and the Yin energy is the coolant for the car’s engine. Without the coolant, the engine overheats and begins to burn out. The same is true if there is a sharp decrease of Yin energy in menopause: lack of cooling Yin causes hot flashes, night sweats, edginess or irritability, and a feeling of being “wired and tired” at the same time.

What we do as acupuncturists is strengthen and nourish the Yin with specific points and herbs, thus making sure the Yin and Yang are more equal within the body.  This will restore your essential internal balance. In the Western way, this process is one of hormone balancing the female and male hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and even cortisol.

Most acupuncturists will recommend you start with a short series of visits (between 3 and 6) to reduce both the incidence and intensity of hot flashes.Your specific practitioner will work with you to determine the best plan; happily, for most women symptoms remain lower and less invasive even months after finishing a course of acupuncture.

Acupuncture during menopause has numerous benefits beyond regulating roller-coaster hormone levels. Other benefits include increasing energy, improving appetite, reducing insomnia, relieving depression, improving cardio-pulmonary function, and relieving muscles aches.

Great news for women in your golden years: without all the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, you will be free to enjoy a phase of life marked by extreme creativity and inspiration, passion, and professional accomplishment.

Would you like to learn more about how acupuncture can help you?  Contact a practitioner today!

About the Author:  Dr. Gigi Shames is a Doctor of Natural Health. Ms. Shames is also a Licensed Acupuncturist.  She has offices in Marin and Sonoma, and provides phone coaching. via (415) 233-0165 or www.ShamesHealth.com


Search In Learning Center :

About Aging

Top 9 Chinese Medicine Tips for a Long Life Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Alzheimer's and Dementia Balance and Strength Exercises to Reduce Fall Risk Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes In A Flash Minimize the Effects of Age on Your Skin Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite with Cupping Reduce Varicose Veins with Acupuncture Effectiveness of Thread Embedding Therapy (TET) for Facial Wrinkle Reduction Acupuncture Increases Brain Function for Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Study Finds Acupuncture Provides Stress Relief in Elderly Acupuncture for Ageless Skin Treating Degenerative Disc Disease with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Reclaim Balance and Stability with Acupuncture Managing Osteoporosis Health Challenges of Aging and How Acupuncture Can Help Acupuncture for Mood Swings Related to Menopause and Andropause Brain Fog? Think Clearly with Acupuncture Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Dry Mouth Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture for Post-Menopausal & Post-Andropausal Concerns Treating Symptoms of Menopause with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Exercises to Ease Menopausal Symptoms Essential Nutrients that Ease Your Mid-Life Transition Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Healthy Living, Aging and Longevity Exercises for Longevity Essential Nutrients for Longevity Healthy Aging and Improved Longevity Bladder Health and Incontinence Boost Your Brain Power with Acupuncture Aging Well with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Enhance Your Learning Ability Harvard Researchers Discover Genetic Link Between Limiting Calories, Longevity Not Just Skin Deep - Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation Acupressure for Facial Enhancement The Habits for Long Life Can Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine help with unhealthy hair and hair loss? Treating Chronic Open-Angle Glaucoma with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Acupuncture for Cholesterol Management Treating Macular Degneration with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Pomegranate Juice Fights Heart Disease, Study Says Get a Fasting Lipoprotein Profile Tai Chi Effective Addition to Immunity Against Shingles, New Study Finds Secrets of Longevity: Environment, Ecology, and Community Secrets of Longevity: Exercise, Lifestyle, and Rejuvenation Secrets of Longevity: Diet and Nutrition Secrets of Longevity: Herbs, Remedies, and Elixirs A Conversation with Dr Maoshing Ni About The Secrets of Longevity Acupuncture for Arthritis Acupuncture and Menopause We Search for Gentle Renewal; We Find Beauty & Optimal Health The Art of Cosmetic Acupuncture - Can acupuncture work like a facelift?

Ask The Acupuncturist

Q: I have high blood pressure.  Can acupuncture help?

A: Yes!  A German study published in the June 2007 issue of Circulation found that acupuncture significantly lowers both systolic and dias... Read More