Researchers have found that a course of acupuncture may help to ease troublesome menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, sweating, mood swings and disturbed sleep. They concluded that:
“Acupuncture offers “a realistic” treatment option for women who can’t or don’t want, to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT)”
After 6 weeks of treatment 80% of the women who had received the acupuncture treatment said the sessions had helped them. Compared with the group who did not receive acupuncture the women were “significantly less troubled by hot flushes” a difference that was already apparent after 3 weeks of treatment.
Significant improvements were also seen in the frequency of day and night sweats, sleep disturbances and emotional and physical issues such as skin and hair problems. It is hugely positive to see the research reflecting our own findings in clinical practice.
Menopausal symptoms are very common and can have a huge impact on women’s lives. I have had many clients over the years who have found acupuncture to be a fantastic support during this stage of life, and with this kind of high profile coverage of the research findings, hopefully many more women will discover the benefits of acupuncture.
The research reported by the Mirror online has been welcomed by the British Acupuncture Council. Head of Research Mark Bovey said:
“It builds on previous studies that show that women with menopause-related hot flushes, anxiety or depression can find relief thro’ acupuncture”
Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in the Ribble Valley, and her acupuncture clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from Preston, Blackburn, Blackpool, Clitheroe, Garstang, Lancaster, Leyland, Chorley, East Lancashire and throughout Lancashire.