Menopause Natural Remedies: Acupuncture
Menopause Alternative: acupuncture may be an option
Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell
Alternative medicine approaches are getting more popular among women going through menopause; especially Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views this time of a woman’s life should be an uneventful event. It is the time when a woman’s body shuts down the natural reproductive cycles of the body in order to conserve life energy.
Chinese Medicine practitioners may or may not utilize acupuncture as part of their regimen. The acupuncture philosophy believes that there are over 2000 trigger points in the body. Thin needles are inserted into targeted trigger points for about thirty minutes. These triggers are linked together in a group of 20 different pathways. Each pathway is responsible for functions in the body. The idea is to keep the pathways flowing so that the mind and body stay healthy.
Acupuncturists use the pathways to assist woman in relieving their menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, stress and anxiety. Research has also shown that acupuncture improves cortisol balance in the body, enhances immune function, controls heavy bleeding, stop seizures, and in some cases reduces the size of fibroids. Even chronic urinary tract infections and migraine headaches may be controlled with acupuncture. Each woman is treated differently. Typically using acupuncture as a treatment option is an ongoing, long therapy. You may feel the positive effects immediately or it may take a few months for you to feel the benefits.
If you choose this treatment option, be sure you visit a licensed acupuncturist who has proper training and is able to access your needs. Better yet, as them how much success they have had with relieving menopausal symptoms.
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