Managing Menopausal Hot Flashes With Acupuncture

Women and doctors need to be more aware of the treatment possibilities for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, according to a new report from the International Menopause Society (IMS). As a holistic therapy, acupuncture can safely treat menopausal symptoms by regulating hormone levels.

The majority of women suffer from hot flashes or night sweats (also known as vasomotor symptoms or VMS) during menopause. On average, 25 percent of women experience symptoms including:

  • Fatigue.
  • Bone density loss.
  • Irritability.
  • Concentration difficulties.

The IMS report concludes that women should be more proactive in asking for treatment for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Hot flashes are caused by dilation of the blood vessels and can cause reddening of the skin and sweating. Night sweats are hot flashes which take place during sleep, disrupting the sleep cycle and causing fatigue.

For women who do not wish to take hormone replacement therapy, acupuncture offers a safe and natural alternative. Acupuncture increases production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter which regulates sleep, appetite and mood.

Menopause onset causes a pattern of diminished fluids, or dryness, which affects the entire body system. Acupuncture counterbalances this by nourishing the body’s fluids, tonifying blood and increasing energy levels.

Your acupuncture physician will customize an acupuncture therapy plan for you based on the particular physical, mental and emotional symptoms that you are experiencing.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500.

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