Menopause symptoms treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine
Hotflashes and night sweats are common symptoms of menopause effectively treated through acupuncture
and Chinese Herbal medicine.
Additional symptoms include: emotional disturbances such as mood swings, irritability, depression and
anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, memory loss, vaginal dryness, headaches and joint pain.
Alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy
Acupuncture does not have any of the side effects that Hormone replacement therapy has such as
increased risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is a safe
and effective alternative to Hormone replacement therapy.
What is menopause?
In the biomedical field, Menopause is a decline in ovarian function and thus cessation of estradiol
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Menopause can be either a heat condition with fluid insufficiency (Dryness)
or a cold condition which leads to digestive weakness. In hot flashes, heat flares up uncontrollably.
Patterns of Menopause in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture points in the treatment of menopause
He 6, KD7, LI4, SI3- night sweats
CV4- strengthen Kidney
BL 23- strengthen Kidney
KD 2- if excessive heat at night, ying spring point
Research in Menopause
Effects of acupuncture on hot flashes in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women--a multicenter randomized clinical trial.
Kim KH, Kang KW, Kim DI, Kim HJ, Yoon HM, Lee JM, Jeong JC, Lee MS, Jung HJ, Choi SM.
Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Meridian Research Center, Division of Standard Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea.
Menopause. 2010 Mar;17(2):269-80.
A randomized controlled pilot study of acupuncture for postmenopausal hot flashes: effect on nocturnal hot flashes and sleep
Huang MI, Nir Y, Chen B, Schnyer R, Manber R.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA.
Fertil Steril. 2006 Sep;86(3):700-10.