Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Treat Menopausal Symptoms-Hot Flashes

Menopausal symptoms include hot flashes, red face in the afternoon, night sweats, insomnia, heart palpitations, PMS, headache, vaginal atrophy and vaginal dryness. Other symptoms that might relate to menopause include mood changes, nervousness, stress, anxiety, irritability, poor memory, incontinence, lowered libido, fatigue, weight gain, pain, and etc.

Currently, hormone replacement therapy is commonly used and is the main treatment for menopause. Hormonal replacement therapy helps many women with above symptoms of the menopause. However, recent studies have found that there might be increased risk of heart disease, cancer and uterine bleeding or other health problems when women receives hormone replacement therapy for a long time; and some women even have taken hormone replacement therapy for years but the condition(s) have not improved. Under these conditions, hormone replacement therapies are not beneficial and could cause negative side effects. Fortunately, women in the United States can use acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment options that control menopausal symptoms without the negative side effects.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been used to treat menopausal symptoms for thousands of years. Commonly used individual herbs include Dang Gui (Angelica), Shan Yao (Chinese yam), Sheng Di Huang (Rehmannia), Bai Shao Yao (Paeonia), Huang Bai (Phellodendron), etc. They are usually used for menopause, irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and infertility in Chinese medicine. There are also many effective formulas for menopausal symptoms, for example, Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, Dang Gui Liu Huang Wan and Xiao Yao San, etc; these formulas were devised two thousand years ago and are still used today. Well defined acupuncture protocols have been developed over the many years and are used in combination with Chinese herbs to relieve hot flashes. In addition to traditional acupuncture protocols, new techniques such as electric-acupuncture and auricular acupuncture are often employed for different conditions and are effective for menopausal symptoms.

 

Today, most Chinese women who have menopausal symptoms first seek help from acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Since the 1960’s, clinical research in China has shown extremely positive results that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine together are effective treatments for menopausal symptoms. Clinical researchers reported that many women who have menopausal symptoms and have even taken hormone replacement therapy for a long time can stop hormone replacement therapy when their conditions have changed and their symptoms improved after treatments with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Current studies on acupuncture treatment of menopausal symptoms in the United States and Europe country also show extremely positive results.

 

Generally, most women with menopausal symptoms who benefit from acupuncture and Chinese medicine first see improvements in emotional problems after 2 to 3 treatments; then, hot flashes and night sweats could be reduced after 5 to 6 treatments; and most symptoms improve after 10 to 12 treatments. Women who used hormone replacement therapy were able to decrease the dosage after 5 to 6 treatments, accompanied with improved relief of hot flashes and night sweats, and can stop hormone therapy after about 10 treatments with the disappearance of hot flashes; a few more sessions of treatment are necessary after the reduction of menopausal symptoms in order to maintain lasting results.

 

Dr. Yang has treated menopausal symptom for years using acupuncture and Chinese herbal formals. He has treated women on hormone replacement therapy and even those who had the treatment for over 10 years (and still have obvious menopausal symptom like hot flash, night sweats, poor sleep and emotional problems); these conditions were improved or symptoms were relieved by using special techniques such as electric- acupuncture, auricular acupuncture and a combination of specific Chinese herbal formulas according to different conditions.