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Acupuncture for the Menopause

Updated: Jun 17, 2023




As women age, they experience a natural decline in estrogen levels, leading to a range of symptoms commonly known as menopause. These symptoms can include hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, and insomnia, among others. While hormone replacement therapy is a common treatment option, many women are turning to acupuncture as a natural alternative. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. It is believed to stimulate the body's natural healing processes and promote balance and harmony within the body. In recent years, acupuncture has gained popularity as a treatment for menopause symptoms, and there is evidence to support its effectiveness.

*Infographic from the British Menopause Society*

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Studies have shown that acupuncture can help reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes and night sweats. It can also improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety and depression, which are common during menopause. Acupuncture may also help regulate hormone levels and improve blood flow, which can alleviate other symptoms such as vaginal dryness and low libido. If you are experiencing menopause symptoms and are looking for a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy, acupuncture may be worth considering. It is important to seek out a licensed and experienced acupuncturist who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs. As always, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment. There have been several clinical studies conducted on the effectiveness of acupuncture for menopause symptoms. Here are some examples: 1. A randomized controlled trial published in the journal Menopause in 2018 found that acupuncture was effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes and night sweats in menopausal women. The study involved 209 women who received either acupuncture or sham acupuncture (where needles were inserted at non-acupuncture points). The women who received real acupuncture had a significant reduction in hot flashes and night sweats compared to the sham group. 2. Another randomized controlled trial published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2016 found that acupuncture was effective in reducing the severity of menopause-related insomnia. The study involved 70 women who received either acupuncture or a sham treatment. The women who received real acupuncture had a significant improvement in sleep quality compared to the sham group. 3. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Maturitas in 2019 analyzed 16 randomized controlled trials on the use of acupuncture for menopause symptoms. The review found that acupuncture was effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flushes, as well as improving sleep quality and reducing anxiety and depression.

*Infographic from the British Menopause Society*

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