MENOPAUSE – no need to sweat it!
Updated: Mar 3, 2020
Menopause is usually defined as the time when the period has stopped for 12 continuous months. But in everyday language, the term ‘menopause’ is often used for the time of the onset of menopausal symptoms. These symptoms range from heat flushes, to sweating (especially at night), mood swings, vaginal dryness, and much more.
Also, the severity depends much on the individual woman and you will find that you are likely to have menopausal symptoms in a way similar to how your mother experienced them.
It is important to understand that menopause is a natural event, it is not an ‘illness’. But if your symptoms are getting out of control and affect your quality of life, you should do something about it.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used for millennia to help women with all kinds of differing complaints, but it is always uplifting to see clinical studies that do confirm these experiences.
If you do enjoy reading clinical studies, please click on the link to read about a nice menopausal acupuncture study whose participants experienced a significant reduction of their menopausal symptoms:
- hot flushes
- day/ and night sweating
- menopausal-specific sleeping problems
- emotional symptoms
- skin & hair symptoms
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clincal study reference:
Lund KS, Siersma V, Brodersen J, et al (2019). Efficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study); BMJ Open; 9:e023637. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023637
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