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Acupuncture
for Menopause

Acupuncture for Menopause

Brisbane Acupuncture Clinic

Menopause is seen as a natural phase of womanhood - the transition into the 'wise women'.

Unfortunately the journey into menopause is not the most comfortable transition for many. Symptoms experienced can significantly effect quality of life and balance. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture is a complementary medicine that can be utilised with or without Western Medicine interventions as a means to support the body through the process of menopause. 

What is menopause?

Menopause is the permanent end of a women's menstrual periods, diagnosed as 12 consecutive months with out a period (_____). This can occur naturally or as a result of surgery or medical treatment.  In natural menopause a women's ovaries discontinue releasing eggs each month as a result of a reduction in the hormone oestrogen. These changes in the hormones is responsible for the symptoms associated with menopause. Most women naturally go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 60, with each experience varied. Some women may have no unwanted symptoms, whilst others can have several symptoms in varying combinations.

 

 

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Symptoms may start to occur in the years leading up to menopause occurring. Some may experience one or more of these symptoms (Makara-Studzinska, M., 2014):

  • Changes in menstrual cycle - during the lead up to menopause your period may reduce in frequency or increase in frequency - this is considered the perimenopause phase. 

  • Hot flushes or night sweats 

  • Sleep disruptions

    • Insomnia​

    • Early waking

    • Disrupted sleep

  • Vaginal Dryness 

  • Mental emotional imbalances

    • Anxiety​

    • Depression

    • Irritability

  • Muscle or joint pain

  • Migraines or headaches

  • Reduced lidibo

 

Can Acupuncture help with menopause?

While Western Medicine views menopause as the decline in hormones alone, Traditional Chinese medicine sees the symptoms of menopause as an umbrella term for many different underlying imbalances. The reason why the menopausal transition is so different for each women is due to the differences in internal balance. 

Since the menopausal transition is such an individual and elongated process, tailored treatments such as those used in acupuncture may provide significant benefits.

How does acupuncture help with menopause?

Can I get acupuncture when I'm taking hormone replacement therapy?

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Acupuncture
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