Acupuncture for Hot Flushes in Menopause

158px-Ase_o_fuku_onna2Problems at the time of or prior to menopause are often seen in the acupuncture clinic, come in for a consultation to see if treatment can help you.

A study by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concludes that, “Acupuncture is an integrated system that includes therapeutic techniques such as diet therapy and Tuina self-massage can be used to treat hot flushes and selected symptoms in postmenopausal women.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24827469

The results showed that “Treatment with acupuncture significantly reduced the occurrence of hot flushes and sudden sweating (p<.001). Other symptoms (sleep disorders, tightness in the chest, irritability, bone pain, feeling depressed) significantly improved.”

Women’s Problems

Women’s Problems

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture is very good for alleviating the underlying causes and signs & symptoms of many women’s problems such as period pains, erratic periods, heavy periods, long periods, short periods, PMS, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopausal changes, anxiety and infertility.

I treat holistically, after all it is unlikely that one woman’s circumstances and signs & symptoms are exactly the same as another’s, they may be similar but there will be distinct differences, recognising this patient individuality is one of the distinctive strengths of TCM diagnosis and treatment.

No matter what the Western disease label, in Chinese medicine diagnosis we simply look at all the signs and symptoms, menstrual history, use of medications, contraceptives, general health and lifestyle of the patient. If offered I will also consider Western medicine evidence such as endocrine tests, bloods and scans. Treatment will be directed at alleviating the signs & symptoms (pain, bleeding, hot flashes, etc.) and treating the underlying disharmonies and imbalances such as blood deficiency, blood stasis and stress. Treatment may vary depending on where in her cycle the patient is and where I think we will get the best results. For instance when PMT plays a significant role then mid cycle treatment may be appropriate and where there is severe pain then treatments shortly before the period are suggested.

By Austin ©2014 Austin Austin www.austinaustin.co.uk

Routine Pre-Birth Treatments

One of the leading experts in the use of acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth is Debra Betts and I often look to her teachings, including the recommending of acupuncture as a pre-birth treatment.

The following is the introduction to ‘THE USE OF ACUPUNCTURE AS A ROUTINE PRE-BIRTH TREATMENT’ written by Debra Betts and published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine (October 2004:76).

“Pre-birth acupuncture refers to a series of treatments in the final weeks of pregnancy to prepare women for childbirth. Research1 has demonstrated that the mean duration of labour in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours and 2 minutes in the control group (70 women) to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group of 70 women who had received pre-birth acupuncture. In clinical practice acupuncture is an ideal method to help women prepare themselves to have the most efficient labour possible. Feedback suggests that pre-birth acupuncture offers a range of positive effects in labour that goes beyond reducing the time spent in labour, with midwives reporting a reduced rate of medical intervention. This article outlines the use of pre-birth treatments in clinical practice in the hope that this will encourage practitioners to promote this practical treatment.”

The full article is aimed at acupuncture practitioners but I thought it my be of interest to some of my existing clients and others interested in acupuncture for pre-birth treatments, a full copy of the article can be found here.

For more information regarding women’s problems, fertility, obstetrics or paediatrics please contact me.

By Austin ©2014 Austin Austin www.austinaustin.co.uk