Medicine for Menopause
Acupressure and Acupuncture
Pressure applied to specific points on the hands and feet
can help stimulate the ovaries, uterus, and adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, and parathyroid
glands to balance hormone production and reduce hot flashes. Prolonged menstruation can be
controlled by applying pressure to the insides of both legs, five inches below the knees.
Besides releasing energy blocks and rechannelling energy,
the needles can also stimulate the release of pain relieving endorphins, the natural
analgesics found in the spinal cord, brain, and pituitary gland, by the body. Acupuncture
provides a feeling of improved vitality and well-being while encouraging the body to
balance and heal itself.
Acupuncture can alleviate many menopausal symptoms by
rebalancing the hormonal system, especially headaches and migraines, hot flushing, heavy
flooding periods, back pain and sagging skin tone. Heavy and erratic menstrual bleeding in
perimenopausal women can be relieved by this technique. Also relieves the pain and
headache associated with menstruation. Acupuncture also has positive effects on insomnia
and stress. Treatment can also improve the mobilization of chi to the nervous system to
aid poor memory and concentration.
A Swedish study of 21 women with menopausal hot flashes
found that acupuncture significantly reduced symptoms, with its effects lasting at least
three months after treatment had ended. Acupuncture may used alone or in combination with
herbs and other remedies. Some alternative practitioners suggest that acupuncture affects
aspects of the nervous system that give rise to hot flashes.
See Also: Acupuncture
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