Ah, menopause — that time in your life when you say goodbye to your reproductive years and embark on a new journey. For some lucky women, this transition is a smooth one. For others, the sudden drop in hormones leads to years of hot flashes, night sweats, depression, and more. Most women fall somewhere in between and grapple with unwelcome changes that can impact their quality of life.
While there’s no “cure” for the inevitable transition of menopause, we can smooth your way forward through acupuncture. At Soul Potential Acupuncture and Wellness, Vonda Muncy treats a wide range of conditions using this ancient practice with great success. From back pain to the symptoms of menopause, acupuncture has a place in almost every area of your health and wellness.
Here’s a look at how acupuncture can redefine how menopause feels.
The price of menopause
Menopause is the transition that women make from their reproductive years to their nonreproductive years. Unfortunately, what precipitates this transition — the shutting down of your ovaries — comes with a sudden drop in your female hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone. And some women experience moderate-to-severe reactions to this sudden deficit.
While women experience menopause differently, most experience some degree of one or more of the following:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Thinning tissue and hair
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Memory problems
As you can see by this list, menopause can have a serious impact on your quality of life, especially if your symptoms are severe and unrelenting.
Traditionally, doctors have treated menopause either symptomatically or through hormone replacement therapy, which comes with some risk. If you’d rather approach your symptoms holistically and naturally, acupuncture is an incredibly effective solution.
Acupuncture has been practiced for millennia and the principle behind the technique is that by releasing your qi, or energy, your body has the freedom to function as it should. The human body has incredible healing resources within, and our goal is to free up these resources so that they can flow more freely and do what they’re supposed to do — maintain your overall wellness.
To do this, we place tiny, sterile needles along certain acupuncture points to restore balance and flow within your body. These needles are designed to dismantle blockages along your energy pathways and also communicate with your brain, encouraging the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins.
When it comes to menopause, one study in Denmark found that acupuncture helped improve the symptoms of menopause in 80% of women. While the study was focused on hot flashes alone, researchers report that participants also experienced a considerable decline in night sweats, sleep problems, emotional symptoms, and skin and hair issues.
If you’re struggling with menopause, contact our office in Castle Rock, Colorado, to explore how acupuncture can help you enjoy this new stage of your life.