Surprisingly in China, most women do not endure these discomforting symptoms at all. In the West it is estimated that approximately 75% of women are affected, whereas in China it is a mere 10%. The reasons behind this are believed to be from differences in diet and from the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicines.
If you attend a qualified Chinese Herbalist they will prescribe herbs for you that will bring your body back into a healthy balanced state.
Chinese Herbalism is the biggest part of Chinese Medicine. It has been in recorded use for well over three thousand years. And most people in China commonly take herbs all the way throughout their lives. They use herbs not just to treat illnesses and weaknesses, but also to strengthen and enhance their health and general well-being.
After the age of 40, both women and men often start to take herbs to help boost up their hormones and general health, which will keep them feeling fitter, younger and will also help to slow down the aging process.
There are many very effective herbs used for menopause complaints. These help to boost hormones, cool down the body, enhance sleep, balance the mood and help to create feelings of relaxation and happiness.
Herbs are easy to take in pill or in powder format. With herbal powders you simply place them into the bottom of a cup, pour hot water in on top and then drink them like a cup of tea.
This is very important and very useful. There are many foods which can irritate menopausal symptoms; such as coffee, spices and alcohol, all of which can encourage and generate excessive heat in the body. This of course is very unhelpful with hot symptoms like night sweats and flushes. A good practitioner will also inform you of cleverer ways of eating and of foods which you can consume to create a cooling effect inside you.
A good practitioner will often give you guidance on meditation and on exercise such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi and yoga. All of which can be helpful in reducing stress and bringing clarity, calmness and happiness to the mind.
Finally, Acupuncture can be a major benefit to in the treatment of menopausal issues. Western research has shown it does have a substantial impact on treating symptoms like hot flushes …
A large meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), has concluded that acupuncture can positively affect the severity and frequency of hot flashes for women in menopause.
NAMS executive director Margery Gass, MD., stated that "The review suggests that acupuncture may be an effective alternative for reducing hot flashes, especially for those women seeking non-pharmacologic therapies."
The study had 70 female participants who were suffering from moderate-to-severe symptoms of menopause.
Half of them received acupuncture sessions once a week for a total of five weeks.
The other half received no Acupuncture treatments.
At the end of the study, the participants received a detailed questionnaire to answer to review the current severity of their menopausal symptoms. The questionnaire covered symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, memory changes, sleep problems, skin problems, and urinary and vaginal symptoms.
According to the researchers, a massive 80 percent of the participants involved in the study who received Acupuncture were convinced that they benefited greatly from the sessions and there was marked improvements in their symptoms.
The frequency of hot flashes had not just decreased, but also there were reductions in the frequency or severity of most other symptoms as well. Additionally it was reported that the women receiving acupuncture experienced improvements in their sleep, moods, hair and skin quality.
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Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women on natural menopause. Menopause, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000260
BMJ Open. 2019 Feb 19;9(1):e023637. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023637.