Can Acupuncture Help With Menopause Symptoms?

menopause and acupuncture

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.

5  Reasons Why To Practice The Qigong Powerful Exercise Routine

Vigor, vitality, enthusiasm, energy- whatever you call, Qi is the energy that keeps us going and Qigong is energy work, an amalgamation of breathing, aerobic and meditative exercises.

One of the oldest exercise systems, Qigong allows us to use breathing and movement to cultivate and balance the qi in our body. Qigong helps us to remove obstructions and limitations thereby allowing the Qi to flow for optimal health and vitality.

Qigong is based on the principle that the well-being of our mind-body-spirit is dependent on our relationship with our environment and our nature. A complete exercise routine for a lifetime, the benefits of Qigong touch almost every aspect of our life. 

Improves Immunity and Quality of Life

Qigong directly affects our immunity and quality of life. Several studies have demonstrated a direct correlation between the practicing of Qigong and increased immunity.

Manage and Embrace Stress

Qigong and other holistic health techniques help us to understand that stress in some way can be channeled to enhance our productivity.

It impacts us not only on a physical level but also on a mental and spiritual level by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Qigong lowers the acidity in our body and helps us regulate the 5 key dimensions of our life; mind, body, breath, qi and spirit.

Qigong is one of the exercise routines to manage stress naturally.

Lowers blood pressure to keep the heart healthy

Tai chi and Qigong are shown to improve heart health by increasing stamina and blood circulation in our body. Also, the coordinated movements of our breath have a positive effect on our cardiovascular health.

The right body movements combined with the mindful practice of Qigong can help us to transcend and sometimes even reverse our physical limitations and illnesses.

Reduces Backpain and Risk of Falling

Qigong helps deal with conditions like Arthritis, Spondylosis and even Parkinson’s Disease. Studies also confirm that Qigong can effectively decrease the risk and fear of falling in elders and also reduces the risk of bone fractures in post-menopausal women.

Improves Sleep Quality

Practicing holistic health techniques such as Qigong helps us to sleep better by promoting and improving the quality of our sleep. 

Bottom Line

There are some 500+ published medical studies and research papers that confirm the positive benefits of doing Tai Chi and Qigong regularly.

Developing a relationship with them is like developing a relationship with your inner self and exploring the true meaning of living well. Practice Tai Chi and Qigong to break free from your physical and mental limitations. 

5 Signs And Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency 

Getting vitamin D

Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that works as a hormone. It has powerful effects on several systems of our body and every cell has a receptor for this vitamin.

When our body is exposed to sunlight, it makes vitamin D from cholesterol. Also, found in fatty fish and fortified dairy products, the recommended daily intake of vitamin D is around 400-800 IU that is impossible to get from diet alone.

Here are common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency:

  • Darker toned skin
  • Being elderly
  • Overweight or obese
  • Not eating much fish or dairy
  • Living where there is little sun year-round
  • Always using sunscreen when going out
  • Staying indoors

Most people don’t realize that they are deficient of the sunshine vitamin as the symptoms are generally subtle. They are difficult to recognize even though they might be having a negative effect on your life. Talk to your holistic health practitioner to know about it more.

Here are 5 signs and symptoms that you have vitamin D deficiency:

  1. Getting sick often

Vitamin D plays a key role in keeping our immune system strong so our body is able to fight off the viruses and bacterias that cause infection. If you’re often fighting with flu and colds then low levels of vitamin D can be blamed. 

  1. Bone and back pain

Vitamin D improves our body’s absorption of calcium. Bone and back pain may be signs of inadequate vitamin D level. 

  1. Depression

Mood swings and feeling low are also related to being deficient in vitamin D. A study found a relationship between low blood levels and depression and supplementing helped improve mood.

  1. Bone loss

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in calcium absorption and bone metabolism. Low bone mineral density is an indication that your bones have lost calcium and other minerals placing older adults, at an increased risk of fractures.

  1. Hair loss

Often a result of stress, hair loss has also been linked to low vitamin levels, especially in women. Low vitamin D levels are linked to alopecia areata and may be a risk factor for developing the disease.

Bottom Line 

Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common and most people are unaware of it because the symptoms are often non-specific. It’s hard to know if they’re caused by low vitamin D levels or something else. A number of studies have found that taking vitamin D supplements daily may reduce your risk of respiratory tract infections, body pains, bone loss and more. Adequate vitamin D intake and maintaining blood levels may be a good strategy for protecting bone mass and reducing fracture risk.

If you think you may have a deficiency, it’s important that you speak to your holistic health practitioner as vitamin D deficiency is usually easy to fix.

Consult a nutritionist to know what is the right amount of vitamin D for your body and how you can increase it by sun exposure or vitamin-D-rich foods.