Acupuncture and Menopause
If you’re looking for help to ease and lessen your menopausal symptoms, our qualified Acupuncture Practitioners at The Forge Clinic, Richmond have extensive experience in supporting women at this stage of their lives.
What is the menopause?
The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline.
Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. These commonly include hot flushes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping and anxiety. Some of these symptoms can be quite severe and have a significant impact on your everyday activities.
The main conventional treatment for menopausal symptoms is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Some women find HRT effective, but others experience distressing side effects; some are advised against taking it, and others are unwilling to take it.
How acupuncture can help relieve and reduce menopause symptoms
Acupuncture is a gentle and safe treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on your body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
Women often turn to acupuncture as a natural way to treat their menopausal symptoms. The emphasis of the treatment is to restore balance to the body while it is going through these natural changes.
The NHS confirms that studies show acupuncture may help to reduce hot flushes. While further research suggests that acupuncture can be particularly effective at alleviating sleep problems, mood swings and anxiety as well as hot flushes. (Hsiao-Yean Chiu et al 2014)
Video: Traditional treatment you can trust
Watch this video by the British Acupuncture Council to find out how acupuncture could offer you gentle and effective relief from the symptoms of menopause.
Anna* decided to try acupuncture to ease her menopausal symptoms. She was finding hot flushes a particular problem. “My hot flushes were becoming more and more frequent and uncomfortable,” she explains.
Hot flushes are thought to be caused by changes in your hormone levels affecting your body’s temperature control.
Anna decided to try acupuncture therapy as she wanted a natural way to treat her symptoms. She says, she believes that: “The orthodox approach to managing menopause is very invasive with heavy medication. Also, I am not allowed to take any synthetic form of HRT.”
So, what was her experience of acupuncture treatment?
Anna says she was a little nervous at first as she doesn’t like needles. However, she was reassured with a clear explanation about the treatment process. “The needles don’t harm or hurt. Once the needles are in, I fully relax and completely forget about them.”
Anna began to notice the benefits after just two treatment sessions. “My symptoms were much lighter,” she says. After her fourth treatment, she was pleased with the difference: “My symptoms were almost non-existent!”
She says she feels that: “Chinese medicine works more on the energy levels than orthodox medicine. It has a more holistic view too, which suits me better.”
Anna has been impressed with the results and says she will definitely consider having acupuncture treatment again. “I think I might even book myself for tomorrow,” she smiles.
For a further case study on how acupuncture could help relieve menopausal symptoms click here.
Acupuncture in Richmond to relieve menopausal symptoms
If you are finding your menopausal symptoms troublesome, it may be worth trying acupuncture at The Forge Clinic with one of our dedicated and qualified acupuncturists Maureen McCann and Sandra O’Hagan.
Menopause affects women in different ways, so your acupuncture treatment will be adapted for you and your symptoms. At your first acupuncture session, your acupuncture practitioner will discuss how the menopause is affecting you personally, so they can devise a tailored treatment programme for you.
Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please consult your GP.
*Name changed to protect patient confidentiality