Acupuncture Helps in Reducing Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is defined as the end of last menstrual period. It occurs at median age of about fifty-three years. Change in the hormone levels during perimenopause & menopause, especially decline is oestrogen levels, may cause acute menopausal symptoms. For instance, about 30-70% women in Australia experience vasomotor symptoms like might sweats and hot flushes.
Some women even report vaginal dryness as well as psychological symptoms, including sleep disturbances, tiredness, forgetfulness, loss of libido and mood swings. Median duration of the menopausal vasomotor symptoms is generally for about four years but for a few women, say ten percent women, it lasts more than twelve years.
One of the most commonly used conventional medical treatment for these symptoms is HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), comprising oestrogen alone or in combination with progestogen.But acupuncture can even help. In fact, studies have found that there is no difference between sham and real acupuncture for treating menopausal symptoms. It is quite effective and sometimes even superior to hormonal drug treatment.
Acupuncture can help in reducing symptoms of menopause & perimenopause by:
- regulating the serum estradiol, luterotrophic hormone and follicle stimulating hormone
- stimulating the nerves that are located in the muscles as well as other tissues that leads to endorphins release & other neurohumoral factors & changes processing of pain in brain as well as spinal cord.
- reducing tension and increasing relaxation. Acupuncture may alter the mood chemistry of the brain, reducing the seotonin levels and increasing the endorphins & neuropeptide Y levels that can help in combating the negative affective regions.
A lot of women in Northern Beaches have reported to find relief from menopause symptoms through acupuncture treatment. The skeptics typically argue that the benefits of acupuncture are mainly the result of placebo effect. However, doctors confirm that acupuncture is a great alternative to HTR for women suffering from hot flushes and menopausal depression.