Menopause

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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 secretions.

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
Heat condition Dry condition Cold condition/digestive weakness
Hot flashes Dry eyes, hair, skin, vagina Weight gain
Perspiration Brittle nails Fatigue
Agitation Constipation
Irritability
Insomnia
Headaches
3 Steps to Ease Your Menopause
Acupuncture Specialized acupuncture treatments offered focus on resolving your menopause symptoms
Chinese Herbal Medicine Zhi Bai Di Huang Tang formula, specifically for hot flashes and night sweats
309 powdered extract herbal pharmacy on site
Chinese Nutrition Nutritional programs incorporated support other treatment modalities
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.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19907348
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A randomized controlled pilot study of acupuncture for postmenopausal hot flashes: effect on nocturnal hot flashes and sleep quality.

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.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16952511