Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique where the therapist will stimulate certain points on the body by inserting special needles through your skin. Acupuncture is believed to be able to overcome various health problems from starting to treat dizziness to increase fertility. The latest findings suggest acupuncture can actually overcome the symptoms of hot flashes, which is a heat sensation that often occurs in menopausal women.
What is menopause and what effect does it have on the body?
Menopause is a condition when the body no longer experiences menstrual periods per month. One of the main signs of menopause is when you do not experience menstruation for one year from your last period.
This condition marks the end of the reproductive period which means you cannot get pregnant again after menopause. The average woman experiences menopause in the age range of 40 to 50 years.
At menopause women usually experience a variety of unusual symptoms. Usually, this is affected by unbalanced levels of hormones in the body. The following are the most common menopausal symptoms:
• Hot flashes throughout the body
• Sweating often at night
• Have a sleep disorder
• Mood changes easily
• Increased body weight
• Hair is thinning
• Skin becomes drier
Research states that acupuncture can overcome the symptoms of hot flashes
Hot flashes become one of the symptoms of menopause which is sometimes quite disturbing. Because the feeling of heat due to hot flashes can occur suddenly and strike long enough, in a matter of weeks. However, hot flashes can also occur in a short time and the symptoms come slowly. Hot flashes are characterized by several special symptoms such as:
• The heat that spreads around the hands and upper body including the face.
• Reddish skin.
• Heart palpitations.
• Excessive sweating on the upper body.
• The body feels cold afterwards.
• Usually appears at night.
Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston gathered 209 women aged 45 to 60 years. Participants were divided into two groups, 20 percent of women were given regular care from doctors and another 80 percent were given doctor care plus acupuncture for six months.
As a result, after six months of treatment, more than a third of menopausal women who did acupuncture therapy felt the symptoms of hot flashes were reduced.
Nancy Avis, Ph.D., lead author of the study said that acupuncture is quite effective in treating the symptoms of hot flashes and the results can even last for six months after treatment is stopped.
Researchers also say the decrease in symptoms of hot flashes in menopausal women is thought to be due to acupuncture also contributing to increasing the production of endorphins in the body, in which these hormones function to stabilize the temperature control system in the body.
Researchers also found evidence that acupuncture can reduce hot flashes during menopause without side effects. In the evidence found, most women experience an improvement in conditions after three to four weeks of treatment.
Even so, acupuncture does not work effectively for all women. Therefore, if you want to try it, first consult the therapist, acupuncturist and your trust doctor.