Natural menopause is the absence of menstruation for longer than 12 months. It usually comes with a wide range of unpleasant symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety, night sweats, irritability and hot flashes. Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. It’s characterized by a sudden feeling of intense heat combined with excessive sweating and a rapid heartbeat.
Hot flashes may last on average from 2-30 minutes and often occur multiple times a day, leaving women feeling uncomfortable in their own bodies. Most conventional treatment options for hot flashes are only effective for a short period of time, if at all, still leaving women susceptible for symptoms to come back. However, a recent study found acupuncture as a helpful treatment for reducing, and in some cases eliminating, most of the symptoms of hot flashes, improving quality of life and reducing stress and anxiety in women going through menopause.
Recent Research in Acupuncture
In most cases, hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for hot flashes. However, long-term hormone therapy could increase the risk of chronic cardiovascular diseases and cancer. A recent study, conducted by the researchers at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, may have found an alternative method to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of hot flashes with acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has been practiced in China for thousands of years. It includes a number of procedures that stimulate specific points on the body as a form of healing. The most common form of acupuncture involves the use of thin, metallic needles that are inserted into the skin.
Taipei Medical University researchers analyzed 104 relevant studies that assessed the effectiveness of acupuncture, later including 12 of theses studies in their research. During this study, the research team monitored 869 women participants between the ages of 40-60 who were going through natural menopause. Participants included in the study underwent various forms of acupuncture, including traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, acupressure, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, ear acupuncture and moxibustion.
The study found that menopausal women who underwent acupuncture experienced a reduction in the severity and frequency of hot flashes for up to 3 months. Additionally, the treatment appeared to have a beneficial effect on hot flashes regardless of the number of doses, sessions or duration of treatment received. The team hypothesized that acupuncture is likely creating a reduction in the concentration of beta-endorphins in the hypothalamus, resulting from low concentrations of estrogen. Lower levels of beta-endorphins may trigger the release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which regulates body temperature. Therefore, making acupuncture an effective alternative method for treating hot flashes.
Acumenopause at NY Health and Wellness
Conventional treatment options for hot flashes generally only mask the symptoms of the condition, leaving women more vulnerable for symptoms to come back. Acupuncture treatment does more for patients than just address the surface of the problem. NY Health and Wellness is proud to introduce acumenopause – a fusion of acupuncture and herbal therapy developed and perfected by licensed acupuncturist Michael Fargo.
Acupuncturist Michael Fargo has perfected an effective acupuncture treatment method that has been clinically demonstrated in helping many women reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes for at least three months after treatment, and in many cases a full resolution of symptoms. Every woman is unique, and that is why each treatment is specifically designed to resolve the underlying causes of the symptom, bringing about greater relief for longer intervals of time. It’s a great alternative treatment for women seeking non-pharmacologic therapies, and it’s more affordable.
If you would like more information on acumenopause, please contact us today by calling (914) 703-4811. Your total health is our commitment and our goal. We look forward to meeting you and working together.