I just posted several entries over the past two weeks about acupressure for the relief of menopause symptoms. I am also a fan of acupressure's "cousin"--acupuncture. Acupuncture is the ancient practice of inserting tiny needles into specific points of the body for the relief from various symptoms and for the promotion of general good health.
Acupuncture (usually a minimum of six treatments) reduces the frequency and severity of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and sleep disturbances by about 50 percent. An impressive 80 percent of people who try acupuncture significantly benefit—which makes it more than worth your while to give it a shot if you suffer from difficult menopause symptoms. Consider these statistics from recently published studies:
- A Swedish university study found that electroacupuncture reduced hot flashes by half.
- In Norway, individualized electroacupuncture reduced hot flashes by 77 percent.
- At Harvard and Stanford medical schools, university clinicians of Chinese descent collaborated on a study of acupuncture for nighttime hot flashes. Compared to placebo’s 6 percent improvement, acupuncture reduced nighttime hot flash severity by 28 percent.
- In another Stanford study by clinicians of Chinese descent, women who averaged seven moderate to severe hot flashes per day were randomized into seven-week sham versus real acupuncture treatment. The sham group had only a 4.4 percent reduction in severity of hot flashes, versus 24.5 percent in the real treatment group.
So, for some highly effective menopause relief, find a good acupuncturist and give acupuncture a try!