For relief of symptoms associated with menopause, some women seek treatment with acupuncture. The acupuncture is sometimes touted as a natural means of addressing the hormonal changes commonly experienced by women during menopause.
While studies on acupuncture and menopause have yielded mixed results, there's some evidence that acupuncture may help ease menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and sleep disturbance.
The Science Behind Acupuncture and Menopause
Acupuncture may help reduce the number of hot flashes experienced during menopause, according to a research review published in 2010.
A review published the previous year, on the other hand, found no evidence that acupuncture can protect against hot flashes. This review's authors analyzed 11 clinical trials (with a total of 764 patients), some of which demonstrated that acupuncture treated menopausal symptoms more effectively than hormone therapy.
Individual studies indicate that acupuncture may help ease sleep problems associated with menopause, as well as improve quality of life among women undergoing menopause. However, these findings need to be replicated in larger studies before acupuncture can be recommended as a treatment for menopausal symptoms.
The One Family Wellness Center offers both acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments. Theses are natural and very effective treatments.