Hot Flashes

Many menopausal women complain that “hot flash” is too mild a word for an experience that they say is more like jumping into a furnace. Hot flashes can include feelings of intense heat, profuse sweating and rapid heartbeat. Nausea, headache, dizziness and anxiety are also possible.

Several studies have confirmed the anecdotal evidence from women who say acupuncture has eased their menopause symptoms. In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is intended to affect the life-energy, called Chi, that runs through the body along specific pathways.That explanation does not satisfy modern scientists, but they can’t argue with acupuncture’s effectiveness, which can be proven with modern scientific methods. To show that the placebo effect was not behind acupuncture’s apparent success, at least one study used fake needles on half the women in the trial. The women who thought they were receiving acupuncture but weren’t got less relief from their menopause symptoms than the women who got the real needles.

When a woman experiences hot flashes, it is generally held by conventional medical practitioners that she is suffering from an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Chinese medicine believes that in order to have harmony in the body, there must be balance of chemicals. Acupuncturists stimulate the production of estrogen or progesterone through strategically placed points on the body. The trigger spots are very patient specific and an acupuncturist will take into account the type of lifestyle and diet a patient has.