Integrating Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture to Address Menopause Discomfort

Herbal Chinese medicine and acupuncture today is much appreciated as modalities that effectively restore hormone balance in menopause. A lot of conditions can arise from hormonal imbalance other than menopause. These can include irregular fertility problems, PMS, and painful and heavy periods. Hormonal irregularities can be the result of several factors: a poor diet, emotional stress, exposure to cold or heat, lack of physical exercise, and inadequate rest.

Acupuncture Can Help Balance Hormones during Menopause

Each person has a life force called Qi flowing within his/her body, according to TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine belief. This Qi flows all over the body via pathways in the same way blood flows throughout the body through capillaries, arteries and veins. These energy pathways (also known as meridians), however, are not visible and are crucial to an individual’s well-being. When they develop blockages, it results in illnesses such as hormonal imbalance in menopause. Acupuncture has become a preferred healing option by more and more women suffering from hormonal imbalance that can be quite distressful and uncomfortable. Acupuncture assists in muscle, connective tissue, and nerve stimulation. In turn, this stimulation leads to effective and increased circulation to all parts of the body.

The Benefits Derived From Acupuncture

Acupuncture is not just a great way to relieve pain it is also widely used to treat other health conditions. The odd thing about this treatment is that even though it utilizes needles that are stuck into certain parts of the body, acupuncture is a virtually painless procedure. It assists women in suppressing their hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings which generates distress in menopause. This ancient Chinese modality, unlike any other menopause treatments, does not have any side effects at all.

Acupuncture is also useful in treating other obstetric & gynecological conditions like PMS, fertility problems, and painful, irregular, and heavy periods. They all can be resolved with acupuncture alone or integrating it with other Chinese treatment modalities. The success of the treatment is accelerated more with proper changes in diet and lifestyle.

Some meridians connect the heart, brain, and uterus with the kidneys in relation to the female hormonal system, to restore balance and health. The stimulation of the meridians influences the overall function of the hormones as well as the emotions and thought patterns of a person. It regulates the circulation and production of hormones in the body, and also helps increase the production and release of endorphins in the body helping raise the mood of a person. To restore hormonal balance, acupuncture can also combined with herbal therapies to augment the efficacy of the treatments.

Other Medical Conditions Treated With Acupuncture

Besides helping reestablish hormone balance, Chinese medicine, in general, and acupuncture in particular, can also treat a wide variety of health conditions including chronic back pain. Acupuncture is used for the non-surgical relief of pain in the back and neck caused by spinal stenosis. It has also proven to help address fertility problems encountered by some couples. Acupuncture boosts circulation to the uterus and ovaries but it cannot work when fertility issues like obstructed fallopian tubes (which require surgery) are the issue. Women in menopause usually gain weight. For this problem, acupuncture can also help as it has the ability to regulate hormones and boost metabolism that consequently leads to weight loss.

Danielle DeVivo, L.Ac.
Phoenix Rising Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic
79 Washington Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866