According to the Mayo Clinic, the natural process of menopause occurs 12 months after your last menstrual period. It is the permanent end of menstruation cycles and fertility.
Although not an illness, the symptoms of menopause can leave you drained, tired and may trigger feelings of loss and sadness.
Symptoms of menopause:
- Irregular periods
- Decreased fertility
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disturbances
- Mood swings
- Increased abdominal fat
- Thinning hair
- Loss of breast fullness
Causes of Menopause:
- Decline in Reproductive Hormones
- Chemotherapy & Radiation
There are ways to alleviate symptoms of menopause including hormone therapy and lifestyle adjustments to herbal remedies and acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture treatments provide a safe, natural way to alleviate menopause. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees the human body as an integrated being. It works with vital energies inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a vital energy that flows through meridians, pathways that run throughout the entire body. Qi protects the body from illness and provides nourishment to cells, tissues, muscles and organs. During acupuncture treatments, fine, sterile needles are inserted at specific acupoints along these meridians to regulate energy flow, unblock obstructions and correct hormonal imbalances.
Acupuncture practitioners recommend a holistic health approach inclusive of herbal remedies. According to Eastern holistic medicine, treatment of menopause requires lifestyle changes with overall health as its goal.