How Acupuncture Helps Symptoms of Menopause
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have long to be known effective in treating symptoms of menopause.
While most menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats last only a few years,symptoms of vaginal dryness and atrophy often persist for decades after menopause. As the production of estrogen decreases with menopause, local genital tissues become dry and thin,which in turn leads to vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis (inflammation of the mucosa). Vaginal dryness and atrophy is usually associated with symptoms of itching, discomfort, decreased elasticity of local tissues,painful intercourse,and increased risk of injury and infection with intercourse. Vaginal dryness and atrophy is a painful condition that affects the physical and emotional health of women during perimenopausal and postmenopausal time periods. In Western medicine, hormone replacement therapy(HRT) is long considered the standard treatment for menopause and its related conditions.However,there is no longer a consensus as to when and how to use these drugs.While these drugs may alleviate hot flashes and vaginal dryness,they significantly increase the risk of breast cancer,ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, stroke, heart attack,and have a number of significant side effects. For most physicians and patients,the risks are simply much greater than the potential benefits. The bottom line:synthetic hormones can never replace endogenous hormones. Therefore, no matter how or when they are prescribed, the potential for adverse reactions is always epic. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a gentle yet effective way to address menopause and its related conditions. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have demonstrated via numerous in vivo and in-vitro studies to have marked effects to alleviate vaginal dryness and atrophy, hot
flashes, vasomotor instability, loss of bone mass, and other conditions associated with menopause. Most importantly, they are much gentler and safer on the body.
Menopause is just simply a transition in the journey of life.
It is not a disease,and therefore, should not be treated with synthetic drugs that pose a significant risks of cancer and
other side effects. Acupuncture and herbs should be considered the primary option, and not the second alternative, as they are safe and natural, and more than sufficient to address almost all cases of menopause.