Acupuncture and menopause – a natural approach
We’ve just had several days of ‘heatwave’ conditions and, apart from those lucky enough to have access to air conditioning (was it just me who found myself spending a longer time than was strictly necessary in the supermarket the other day?) it’s been very hard work doing anything requiring energy or concentration. My treatment room saw an unbroken succession of overheated clients who were utterly fed up, tired out, grumpy and generally feeling like they’d ‘had enough’. And then, joy of joys, the weather broke and a cooling breeze and occasional shower made life feel a whole lot less debilitating.
If you are a woman in the throes of the menopause, you will know that feeling ‘utterly fed up, tired out, and grumpy’ doesn’t just go away when the weather cools down, because the heatwave is coming from within you. When that debilitation from internal overheating has gone on for months, for years, as hot flushes and night sweats wreak havoc on your ability to sleep or get any reasonable rest – and during the day the flushes are at best an embarrassing nuisance – you don’t need me to tell you how close you can feel to being at the end of your tether. While I enjoyed taking flush-coloured nature photos for this blog, in reality suddenly becoming beetroot-faced in the middle of a work meeting or social gathering can be utterly humiliating as well as physically uncomfortable. I speak from experience, and I have treated many many women who have looked for natural remedies for hot flushes and have found acupuncture extraordinarily helpful.
Natural remedies for hot flushes
There is so much information available now online about natural remedies for hot flushes and other menopause symptoms – there are herbal and homoeopathic treatments, yoga and meditation programmes … and there is acupuncture. One patient recently came to me for help with her migraines, and after our diagnosis session and a few treatments, was delighted to find that her hot flushes and night sweats (the ones she had thought she just had to live with) got better and better as well as her headaches. She told me the other day “I feel I’ve got my life back”. Because the wonderful thing about acupuncture and the menopause is that all aspects of your health and lifestyle are taken into account, and many symptoms and troubles may be coming from the same underlying cause. You may well be suffering from insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, ‘can’t cope’ feelings, a sense of drying up and losing your sparkle as well as getting too hot. So a Google search for “acupuncture for hot flushes’ may lead you to the happy discovery that acupuncture can be a wonderful help for the great big jumble of other troubles that can be brought on by the menopause.
And the truth is, I absolutely love treating and support The Whole Woman – because, in my utterly unbiased opinion, middle aged women are the unsung heroines of our society, so often juggling work, the parenting of teenage children and caring for elderly relatives all at the same time as everything on the inside is feeling topsy-turvy. If I can help you to feel better in yourself physically, mentally and emotionally so that you can enjoy rather than endure being a heroine, than I couldn’t be more delighted.
So, if you’re looking for a natural remedy for your hot flushes and your menopause distress, it doesn’t have to involve taking pills and potions –
call me on 07970 295177 and we can explore what marvels the acupuncture might produce.