Acupuncture for menopause

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April 8, 2023
Joy Hsueh

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medicine that has been used to treat a variety of conditions for over 3000 years. It is based on the belief that there are energy channels or "meridians" running through the body, and that illness or pain occurs when these channels become blocked. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to unblock the meridians and restore balance and health.

Overview of menopause

As women age, they go through a natural process called menopause. This is when the ovaries stop producing eggs and the body no longer makes the hormone estrogen. Menopause can cause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.

Traditional treatments for menopause

Acupuncture in Sydney is a popular treatment for menopause because it is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness while having few side effects. Studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. It can also help with other menopausal symptoms like anxiety, depression, and insomnia. There are a number of different theories about how acupuncture works, but the most commonly accepted theory is that it works by stimulating the release of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that have pain-relieving and mood-boosting effects.

Another popular traditional treatment for menopause is herbal medicine. There are many different herbs that can be used to treat menopausal symptoms, such as black cohosh, dong quai, and gingko biloba. Herbal medicine can be taken in pill form or as a tea, and many women find it to be quite helpful in relieving their menopausal symptoms.

Finally, another traditional treatment option for menopause is yoga.

Review from patients who have had acupuncture for the relief of menopause symptoms

1. A 54-year-old woman with a history of hot flashes, night sweats, and sleep disturbances began acupuncture treatments twice a week. After 4 weeks of treatment, her symptoms had resolved significantly. She reported sleeping better and having far fewer hot flashes during the day.

2. A 49-year-old woman who had been experiencing menopausal symptoms for 2 years was also treated with acupuncture twice a week. After 6 weeks of treatment, she too experienced significant relief from her symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia.

3. A 48-year-old woman who had been dealing with menopausal symptoms for 3 years sought acupuncture treatment as well. After just 2 weeks of treatment, she reported feeling much better overall and no longer experienced any hot flashes or night sweats.


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body. It is said to improve the flow of energy, or qi, and has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions.

There is some evidence that acupuncture may be effective in treating menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings. If you are considering acupuncture for menopause relief, be sure to consult with a qualified TCM practitioner in Sydney who has experience treating this condition. You contact us on 0477 021 713.

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