Acupuncture for Menopause
Traditional Chinese Medicine does not recognize menopause as a disease or a single condition. Acupuncturists treat symptoms that are unique to each individual. Chinese herbal medicine plays an important part in most of these treatments.
Interestingly, menopausal symptoms are often different in Asian women than in women in the Western world. Whereas hot flashes are common to women in the West, Women raised in China rarely experience hot flashes. Instead Chinese women more often suffer neck and shoulder stiffness, a symptom less common in American or European women. A fair question would be whether or not acupuncture could help women in the West relieve their hot flashes and the insomnia that often accompanies hot flashes and night sweats.
Acupuncture Menopause Research
One of the first studies in the United States to explore the effectiveness of acupuncture in alleviating hot flashes was conducted by Dr. Susan Cohen, associate professor of the University of Pittsburgh, it was found that during the course of acupuncture treatments, hot flashes decreased by 35% and insomnia decreased by 50%. A follow-up study also revealed hot flashes significantly decreased in those receiving acupuncture.
A 2002 pilot study in England found that acupuncture reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes in women being treated with tamoxifen for breast cancer.
After numerous studies worldwide, The United Nations World Health Organization has approved acupuncture as a treatment for symptoms associated with menopause.
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