Do you feel as if your concerns are being dismissed by your doctor? Are you frustrated by only hormonal choices of birth control or expensive creams/patches that may or may not work? Acupuncture can help by smoothing the transition from regular periods to perimenopause to menopause in several ways. Acupuncture helps the common symptoms that many people going through menopause struggle with: temperature shifts (hot or cold), insomnia, weight gain, sugar cravings, brain fog (or forgetfulness), mood swings, anxiety/depression, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, cramps, hair loss, and vaginal dryness or general dry skin.
Perimenopause is the transition between regular periods (fertility) and menopause. This transition period can last for several years. Menopause itself is defined as going one full year without a period. If you begin acupuncture treatment after your period has been absent for a few months, then your period may return regularly. Being without a period and having it suddenly return may not be the best news, but the upside of having your period return is your body does not age as quickly- and that is good news.
Many clients going through menopause find that acupuncture, unlike Western medicine, can help with a wider variety of symptoms, naturally. Acupuncture not only helps the body heal itself, it also shuts off the stress response which can get stuck on when people are going through menopause. Traditional remedies, such as hormone treatment, can sometimes help, although they may not be able to address all the symptoms you’re experiencing. In addition to menopause, acupuncture can help with symptoms of other hormone-related issues such as PCOS and PMS.
We hope this helps you understand how acupuncture can help during menopause. Please like this post if you found it helpful for you.
Meaghan Massella, M.Ac, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM) is an acupuncturist, business owner and mother of 2.