Acupuncture for Menopause

Julian Pierce, L.Ac.

Contributing Writer
Julian Pierce, L.Ac.

Evidence supports that acupuncture can reduce symptoms of menopause! This is great news for women who are suffering from slowing metabolism, weight gain, decreased libido, emotional changes, difficulty sleeping, and hot flashes due to hormonal fluctuations. Women can experience these symptoms as early as their 30’s and into their 40’s, this transition is called perimenopause. But what is menopause?

Menopause is defined as the time period when menstrual periods cease for 12 consecutive months. At this stage, the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and are no longer producing high levels of estrogen. This is a normal biological process that all women experience as they age, however, symptoms vary based on lifestyle and diet.

But what options do women have to cope with the symptoms brought on by menopause? Typically, hormone therapy is recommended as an option for women, but studies are now showing that there may be natural ways to reduce symptoms including regular exercise, managing diet, practicing relaxing techniques such as meditation and yoga, and receiving regular acupuncture treatment!

Acupuncture is known to stimulate the central nervous system, promoting self-regulation and healing. Studies show that acupuncture influences certain neurotransmitter levels associated with the stress response, thus reducing anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It may also regulate hormone levels, helping alleviate symptoms of menopause. If you are trying to find a natural method to reduce your hot flashes, emotional changes, and much more, make the decision today to get an acupuncture consultation. You don’t have to suffer through it.

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