Acupuncture for Menopause

Acupuncture for menopause relieves the most common symptoms of menopause primarily by regulating the drastic changes in hormone levels women experience during menopause. 

Acupuncture and acupressure techniques for menopause relief

The techniques of acupuncture and acupressure originated thousands of years ago in traditional Chinese medicine. 

In both these practices, pressure is applied to specific areas of the body to release and rechannel blocked energy referred to as "Chi" or "Qi". 

What is "Chi"? 
Like the air you breath, Chi is a form of energy which waxes and wanes in the body depending on health, and in a space depending on arrangement. 

Many cultures other than Asian have a concept of some sort of vital energy which runs through all things. For example, in the yogic tradition, there is prana. When it is in a proper state of balance, the energy moves smoothly through the space which it inhabits, and supports rather than fights against the space. 

Many people in Asian countries believe that balancing this energy is a crucial part of living a healthy and calm life. This concept of energetic balance has been adopted by some Western nations. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and acupressure techniques are used to correct the energy imbalance, by unblocking the flow of chi through the meridians of the body. 

The traditional Chinese medicine practitioner checks the patient's whole body in order to assess overall health, and takes corrective measures as necessary. 

In the picture above, the dots are known as "Acupuncture Points" and the lines are known as “Meridians”. 

Acupuncture points 
There are a total of 365 classic acupuncture points. There are also plenty more “non-classical” points which add up to over a thousand points on the body. 

The Meridians 
The “Meridians” appear as lines running up and down the body joining the acupuncture points. Each meridian is actually associated with an internal organ. For example, there is a meridian specifically associated with the heart. Also, there's a meridian specifically associated with the lungs. 

Even though on the surface they appear to be completely separated from one another, they're actually connected through an organ relationship. 

They are linked with one another to form a “closed loop”. This loop is where "energy flows" or "Qi". 

What is "Qi"? 
An important fundamental concept of Chinese medicine and acupuncture, the concept of qi (pronounced Chee) is referred to as Energy, Life Force or Vital Energy. 

Acupuncture for menopause treatment can be an effective strategy for relief of menopause symptoms. 

You could experience the following symptoms if you are without sufficient "qi"... 

  • you lose your appetite

  • everything is overwhelming (you cannot 'digest' what is going on)

  • your digestive system cannot break down food or transport nutrients to the rest of your body

  • your limbs are heavy

  • academic/organizing thought is difficult or impossible

  • you tend to worry (the emotional component - traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine that does not separate body and mind)

  • you might wake up frequently at night because you need to urinate

  • you become easily fatigued and are always tired

Difference between acupuncture and acupressure

In acupuncture, hair-thin needles are inserted into specific areas of the body. 

In acupressure, the same areas are stimulated with pressure applied by the fingers or small metal balls. 

Both practices encourage the body to balance and heal itself while stimulating pain-relieving endorphins. These practices produce feelings of improved vitality and well-being. 

Relieving Symptoms and Acupuncture for Menopause

Both acupressure and acupuncture for menopause strategies have been known to relieve menopause symptoms

Stimulating specific points in the hands and feet may help balance hormone production and possibly reduce stress,hot flashes, erratic or heavy menstrual bleeding, headaches, and insomnia. 

Of course it's important to choose an acupuncturist carefully. Most states require an acupuncturist to be licensed. 

You want to find a qualified acupuncturist who can listen to your concerns about acupuncture for menopause symptoms and begin a treatment plan that provides effective relief. 

Acupuncture for Menopause

Stress Stopping Acupressure Exercise

Place your hands on your tummy so that your fingers meet across your bellybutton. 

For about a minute, gently press on this spot to help calm your sympathetic nervous system. This technique can be helpful to restore normal hormone levels because this spot is responsible for the release of the stress hormone cortisol. 

Acupressure exercise that gives you energy

Place your index finger between your eyebrows and press for about a minute. 

You can restore energy and increase concentration levels by simply applying pressure to this spot between your eyebrows. 

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