News flash! Acupuncture for menopause? Get relief for those hot flashes, now! Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has many treatments and natural remedies that have been bringing women relief from hot flashes for a long, long time. Acupuncture, is one technique used in traditional Chinese medicine. But oh, those needles…do they hurt?
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture defines acupuncture as “a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.” These acupuncture points run along what are called meridians, or channels, through which energy, or Chi flows. Very skinny needles are inserted into points of blocked Chi allowing energy to circulate freely throughout the body promoting healing and health. It hardly hurts at all. I’ve seen acupuncture work miracles on my old dog, and dogs don’t tell tall tales. The most recent research about acupuncture’s effect on hot flashes positively, absolutely, most certainly (convinced?) proves that acupuncture does indeed reduce hot flashes in women by as much as 50%. Actually, more than one study showed this. Yet other research earlier in this century (2006) proved that there was no difference at all in the number of hot flashes (or hot flushes, as they say in Australia and New Zealand) between women getting real acupuncture and those getting fake acupuncture.
Fake acupuncture? It’s using needles that retracted so it seemed like they were getting acupuncture but they weren’t. Is this a trick? I’ve listed a bunch of research projects about acupuncture for menopause on another post for you to check out yourself. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California has had success in treating women with menopausal symptoms. Traditional Chinese medicine has a very long and successful history of treating women during their peri-menopause and menopausal process and easing their menopausal symptoms, from hot flashes to depression. Click here and here if you’d like to explore the subject of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture further on their informative site. Meanwhile, go make some concrete sweat angels and tell us about your favorite acupuncturist.