Hot flashes are connected to menopause and many women describe a hot flash is really too mild a word for it. It’s more like jumping right into a furnace. A hot flash may include feelings of profuse sweating, intense heat, rapid heartbeat, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and even anxiety.
Many women experience many of these hot flashes daily and find it very hard to deal with in their daily routines. It comes on you all of the sudden without warning, describes one house wife in Red Deer, Alberta.
Acupuncture Reduces the Severity of Hot Flashes
Acupuncture is the latest treatment for hot flashes in Canada. Many women describe the treatment as very relaxing and that the hot flashes have been eased somewhat right after the first treatment. During menopause, in fact, many women now are going to acupuncture clinics on a regular basis just to lessen the effects of hot flashes as well as the number of hot flashes in the run of a day.
It is still unclear how it works, but many acupuncturists and health professionals think it is something to do with nerve endings. Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine, helps control the life-energy in the body, called Chi. This “Chee” runs through the body along specific pathways, called meridians, connected closely to nerve centers.
Researchers have concludes in recent acupuncture reports regarding menopause, that there is reduced severity of hot flashes mostly because acupuncture boosts production of endorphins, which in turn may stabilize the temperature control system of the body. There are other studies in Western Canada reporting the same findings.
Acupuncture An Accepted Treatment for Menopause
It is now being accepted that acupuncture can help women suffering from the most common symptoms of menopause and hot flashes and that this Chinese alternative needle therapy treatment, can curb the severity of hot flushes, and thus lessen mood swings, cramps, anxiety, and pain among women who receive acupuncture on a regular bases.
Researchers and other health professionals are now saying that more investigation is needed and that their findings seem promising.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture could be an effective and alternative treatment for women who are suffering from menopausal hot flashes and are unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy as a treatment for menopausal symptoms. Acupuncturists do urge however, that most women seeking this treatment, should try it for at least a 12 week duration, to feel it’s full effects.