Acupuncture Treatment for Menopause
A recent study in the journal of Fertility and Sterility reported that acupuncture has been proven to reduce hot flashes when they are the result of menopause. Menopause is the time in which a woman's ovulation process ceases completely.
The scientists who conducted this test discovered that receiving acupuncture for seven weeks would significantly reduce how severe the hot flashes will be by over twenty-seven percent for those with menopause. Women with menopause who received a mock acupuncture treatment only had a six percent decrease in severity.
The study consisted of about thirty women with different ranges of frequency and severity of their hot flashes. Each of them suffered from at least six mild to chronic hot flashes a day. Each of the women received around ten treatments for those who specialized in acupuncture for a three month period. Half of the group was treated with acupuncture while the other half was treated with mock acupuncture, meaning the needles felt as if they penetrated the skin when in actuality they did not.
In the course of the study, the women who were receiving real acupuncture reported a significant drop in the frequency as well as the severity of their hot flashes, which was found to be exactly a twenty-seven percent drop. The women who received the placebo treatment only reported a six percent drop in severity. The severity was completely different in both groups, but the frequency was about the same.
This proves that acupuncture is a good choice for managing the symptoms of menopause. Mary Huang M.S., a researcher at Stanford University, stated that more clinical trials will have to be done to study more into acupuncture as a treatment for nighttime hot flashes caused by menopause.
How Acupuncture Can Help with PMS
A 2005 study by The China Academy evaluated more than 800 women who tried herbal remedies, pharmaceutical treatments and acupuncture to relieve PMS. The study concluded, "the therapeutic effects of acupuncture were superior to other methods."
As far back as 2001, researchers published the results of a study in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics that found the success rate of using acupuncture to treat PMS to be 77.8 percent. Their final recommendation was that acupuncture should be part of a holistic approach in a PMS treatment strategy.
Why it Works
Acupuncture practitioners believe a healthy body results from adequate circulation and through balancing the body's forces of energy, referred to as gi and chi. PMS symptoms are believed to be the result of blocked energy, producing a build-up of pressure that results in physical and emotional discomfort. Acupuncture relieves that pressure and opens natural circulation, lessening the severity of the symptoms.
The most common acupuncture points for PMS treatment are the "Mansion Cottage" and "Rushing Door," located where the legs meet the lower body, and the "Sacral Points," located at the base of the spine. Relieving pressure in these points has been shown to relax the uterus, lessening the severity of cramps and lower back pain.
How It Works
Acupuncture works by manipulating and enhancing Qi. Qi (pronounced "chee") is described as the vital force in the body. The Qi can be accessed at specific points on the body referred to as Acupuncture points. Energy flows through the body like water flows through a river. When the flow of energy is interrupted, it is like the river gets blocked. When Qi is blocked or in excess, this causes imbalance in the body and creates an environment for illness or pain. When Qi is deficient, an Acupuncture treatment can replenish it. Inserting Acupuncture needles into the appropriate spots on the body will resolve the imbalance, allowing the free flowing of energy and health to resume.
In Western medical terms, acupuncture stress treatments will release endorphins, which are natural pain-killing chemicals. It also works to boost the blood circulation in the body, making sure to oxygenate its tissues and eliminate the waste chemicals. It's also been found to reduce the heart rate, drop blood pressure and help the muscles relax.
Repeated treatments and occasional herbal formulae (if deemed necessary) extend the effectiveness of the treatments until the Qi's disharmony is resolved.
While many in the western medical community are skeptical about acupuncture treatments, the World Health Organization supports its use to treat more than 28 medical conditions. Additionally, acupuncture has been used in Chinese cultures for thousands of years.
Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness uses acupuncture to treat PMS and many other disorders. Contact Us to set up your treatment.
Simply- Acupuncture is very effective at alleviating PMS. Read some of our patient testimonials and notice the reports of the feeling of well-being after the treatments.