acupuncture for Menopause Symptoms

Acupuncture for Menopause Symptoms

Common Menopause Symtoms include:

  • Hot Flushes
  • Night Sweats
  • Reduced Libido
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Painful Intercourse due to vaginal atrophy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Frequent Urination
  • Join Pains
  • Allergies
  • High cholesterol
  • Dizziness

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the reproductive function is governed by the kidneys. A woman’s kidneys need sufficient energy in order to support fertility, libido, regeneration of the entire body, and tissue elasticity and strength. As a woman matures the blood flow provided by the efforts of her kidneys diminishes and this leads to menopause. Menopausal problems occur when the kidney energy is depleted and can not sustain the rest of the body. In other words, the body’s vital life energy, or Qi, (in particular the kidney energy) is out of balance. In TCM hot flashes and anxiety are considered a weakness of the heart; irregular menstrual flow and irritability a weakness of the liver; heavy menstrual bleeding and food cravings a weakness of the spleen.

When women have a lot of stress, poor diet, or lack of exercise, their “Life-Force Energy” or Qi can’t flow smoothly through the meridians. In that case the flow of energy would have a hard time stabilizing and hot flashes persist.

At a hormonal level, less oestrogen is produced as we get older and when the oestrogen ceases so do periods. Progesterone will also decrease, however, the pituitary gland will continue to produce high levels of FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinising Hormone). These imbalances will give rise to emotional disturbances such as mood swings, hot flashes, headaches etc. It takes about two years for the oestrogen and progesterone to level off.

These imbalances are corrected by a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion, and dietary changes.

Here at Harmony Acupuncture we have a lot of experience alleviating hot flashes and other menopause symptoms such as fatigue, breast tenderness headache, tiredness, mood swings and menstrual irregularities.

My initial visit to Rachel was for Acupuncture. I had been diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure some years previous and was struggling to cope with the symptoms and other complications that came with it. Her friendly but professional manner and her empathy put me at ease immediately and meant that I could talk to her openly and comfortably about my illness. The results of the treatment were excellent, my symptoms disappeared and the other complications were also non existent so I went on my way. Sometime later I had a hip replacement and went back to Rachel to help with my recovery. The Acupuncture definitely helped with the pain and other various ailments that went along with having major surgery. I used to look forward to my weekly visit knowing that I would get some relief after it. It was during this period that Rachel had mentioned to me that she was also doing a course in nutrition and as my earlier symptoms had resurfaced she asked if I would be interested in doing a case study to see if diet could help relieve and/or manage my symptoms. I jumped at the chance and I have to say I never looked back.  Rachel devised an eating plan for me and slowly we added or took away foods that were aggravating my symptoms. She was always on hand, be it e-mail or on the other end of the phone for advice when I needed it or with new ideas for me as she came across them.
I can’t recommend Rachel highly enough both as an Acupuncturist and a Nutritionist.
Liz Cronin, Cork