Acupuncture: A holistic, alternative approach to alleviating menopausal symptoms December 23, 2016 By Annie Wang Menopause is a time of transition in a woman’s life. Like any period of transformation, such a major change affects each individual differently. While many women have heard that menopause can be a difficult ordeal, filled with hot flashes, mood swings, “brain fog,” night sweats, and more, traditional Chinese medicine presents an alternative way of viewing menopause and treating its symptoms. Menopause does not have to be a burden, but a time of renewed energy and a journey that leads towards greater wisdom and self-awareness. A holistic approach versus hormone replacement therapy Current conventional Western medicine often opts to treat the symptoms of menopause as a bother that should be resolved with pharmaceutical drugs, usually by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT aims to balance hormones and alleviate some of the effects of rapidly declining estrogen levels. The problem is, for some women, HRT has many side effects, and can increase the risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, blood clots, stroke, and certain types of cancer. A holistic health approach takes the entire individual into account. Therefore, the goal of acupuncture is to treat the whole person, and not just the symptoms or the diagnosis. Chinese medicine approaches menopause not as a standard, one-size-fits-all condition, but a time of transition that requires personalized treatment. For this reason, acupuncture itself is usually combined with recommendations for diet, herbal supplementation, exercise, and relaxation. A time-honored tradition supported by research Acupuncture is a safe and natural remedy that has been practiced for thousands of years. Studies have supported the benefits of acupuncture, especially when combined with a holistic approach such as lifestyle, diet, and exercise changes. The World Health Organization has also recognized acupuncture as a treatment for menopausal symptoms. If you’re ready to take a natural and proactive approach to your health, check with your doctor to make sure acupuncture is right for you. Annie Wang Acupuncture is a Best of Palo Alto Winner three years in a row. Our team of experienced and licensed practitioners specialize in women’s health, pain relief, male and female fertility, pregnancy, menopause, and more. Our philosophy addresses the unique needs of each individual through traditional Chinese medicine’s holistic approach. With offices in Los Altos and Belmont, our two convenient locations provide a healing environment and a supportive, uplifting atmosphere. To learn more, see our testimonials, and make your appointment, please visit our website, or call (650) 468-3636. Comments are closed.