Having a Hard Time with Menopause? Then, it’s Time to Try Acupuncture and TCM

Different nationalities and cultures have different way of resolving different kind of illnesses. One interesting thing to remember is the acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), are more and more becoming popular in helping control the symptoms of menopause in the United States.

TCM considers menopause as a stage in a woman’s life when her body begins to end her natural capacity to reproduce in order to preserve her life energy and her resources exclusively for her own health while she ages.

Compared to the Western way of life, Eastern culture is less hectic and stressful and women in this culture eat a healthier diet than women in the West. These are reasons why women in Western societies have a harder time managing their menopause symptoms compared to their sisters in the East.

TCM believes that menopause is not a syndrome, but rather a hormonal imbalance that produces unwanted symptoms in a woman’s body.

The body, according to Chinese medicine, has over 2000 acupuncture points scattered throughout it. These points are connected to 20 main energy channels known as meridians. Each meridian is responsible for conveying vital energy (Qi) between the internal organs and the surface of the body. It is presumed that if the meridians have a smooth, normal and free flow of Qi, the mind and the body experiences good health.

To help control the symptoms of menopause, a customized type of acupuncture treatment is needed for each patient. It is the job of the acupuncturist to determine what kind of menopause symptoms the woman is suffering from in order to know what meridians to treat to resolve the symptoms. Only meridians that are affected are needled or applied with pressure to help treat the condition.

The insertion of solid, sterilized and thin needles are necessary to stimulate the meridian. What the needle does is to stimulate the meridian to help boost the flow of Qi. This may be accomplished by inserting the needles into acupoints in the feet, legs, arms, and/or shoulders. There should be no bleeding or pain when the needles are properly inserted; however, instead of the pain, you may experience numbness or a slight tingling that quickly dissipates. For migraines, one treatment may last for about 30 minutes. Some people may feel the effects immediately but for most people it may take a few months before improvements are seen.

If you plan on using acupuncture to treat your symptoms of menopause in Palm Harbor, make sure that you visit a licensed acupuncture therapist to determine the most realistic, and productive course needed to treat your symptoms.

So, here, we can see that acupuncture can indeed relieve the menopause symptoms of menopause including anxiety, stress, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and hot flashes.

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