Menopause is a term characterizing a reality of life for women entering their second phase of life, i.e. from reproductive to the non-reproductive phase. Menopause is indicated by a number of changes in the body, stopping of monthly menstrual cycles, being the most prominent one. Age of menopause varies from woman to woman and ranges from 40 to 55 normally. However, menopause being a huge change in the female body does bring several hormonal changes which are not really pleasant.
Not only the emotional issues related to being completely non-fertile (which have their effects on the mental state), but also there are several clinically visible changes in the symptoms women body goes through. These can be, sudden changes in body temperature, blood pressure, migraine, rapid heartbeat, itching and dryness of vagina, skeletal problems, such as back pain, muscle pain or even, breast tenderness, swelling of breasts, or decreased skin elasticity. There can be various other painful symptoms that are experienced during the menopausal phase, primarily due to the hormonal changes in the body.
In order to relieve women of the painful symptoms and after-effects due to the menopausal phase, acupuncture has been a successful way of treatment. The most important advantage it offers over other treatments, such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is that it is virtually free from any negative side-effects. Acupuncture works on the concept of restoring the body’s capability to heal naturally and to facilitate body’s adaptability to the natural changes that occur during the menopause. Typically, a good acupuncturist will talk to the patient to understand all the symptoms and then, the treatment will be planned particularly for that patient.
This personalized acupuncture treatment takes place over a number of sessions and the success of the treatment is monitored over time. The early benefits of acupuncture treatment are relief from the pain, regularized blood circulation and decreased stress. These benefits are usually followed by the complete relief from the unpleasant changes occurred during the menopause.