Can Acupuncture Help With Menopause Symptoms?

A brief course of acupuncture may help to ease troublesome menopausal symptoms.

Menopause and the years leading up to it can be a troubling time for some women. This life stage can generate both physical as well as psychological discomfort and upheaval. Acupuncture treatments can help ease menopause symptoms.

The average age for menopause onset for women in North America is 51 years while pre-menopause, when menstrual cycles begin to shorten and become more irregular, occurs between 39 and 51 years of age.

Studies suggest women who want to avoid hormone treatment during menopause can find relief from hot flashes at the end of a needle.

Between 20% and 30% of Canadian women experience moderate to severe symptoms.

Depending on their severity, menopausal symptoms can have a major impact on the quality of life, health, wellbeing and productivity. One of the most common symptoms, hot flushes can go on for several years. Other symptoms include heavy sweating, emotional vulnerability, sleep disturbances, fatigue, joint pain, vaginal dryness and reduced sex drive. In some cases, these symptoms may pose real problems, for years at end.

That said, do understand that this stage is temporary, and there are a variety of ways to support and help you.

The benefits of Acupuncture

The causes of many of the symptoms associated with menopause are due to the drop of estrogen and progesterone hormones. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), most symptoms are a result of a decline of the body’s energy, which includes the essence, yin and yang. Lifestyle choices are also a contributory factor to difficult menopause that weakens the flow of energy and so does stress, anxiety, overwork, inadequate rest and irregular diet.

TCM can alleviate the symptoms of menopause by nourishing the essence within the body, balancing the hormonal system with herbs, acupuncture and diet therapy.

Acupuncture helps restore the body’s natural balance by acting on the endocrine as well as the nervous systems, thereby easing hot flashes, night sweats, stress and insomnia. The process of inserting fine needles on certain energy points in the body stimulates overall blood circulation.

The results are fairly rapid and therefore, have a broader impact on your health. A set of three to five treatments can help you see the visible effects. 

Not all menopausal women need treatment, but this acupuncture intervention is most relevant to women who experience moderate-to-severe menopausal symptoms.