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Acupuncture Treatment for Menopause & Hot Flushes

Natural menopause normally occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55. During this period a variety of symptoms can occur that cause women discomfort, anxiety and perhaps embarrassment. Common symptoms of menopause include hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue, headaches and urinary problems. Although these symptoms can range in severity for women, many women find them distressing enough to visit their GP for help and can reach a point where they lead to decreased social activity and a lower quality of life. Hot flushes in particular cause much discomfort for women, with some experiencing them up to a staggering 20 times a day.

Currently, one of the most effective treatments for menopause is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This tops up low levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause. However, long term use of the HRT has been reported to have associated with increased risks of some types of cancer, blood clots and stroke. For women seeking out alternative treatment for menopausal symptoms, acupuncture could be a beneficial treatment with little to no side effects.

Dr Michael Curtin specialises in the use of acupuncture for ailments such as the menopause, and uses his combined knowledge of alternative therapies and orthodox medicine to diagnose and treat his patients. His 28 years’ experience as a practicing medical doctor allows Dr Curtin to provide well informed advice and insightful feedback.

Acupuncture may help relieve the symptoms of menopause by increasing relaxation and reducing tension. Acupuncture can increase endorphin levels helping to relieve some of the negative symptoms of menopause and may activate the ‘pain matrix’ which includes the insula, an area that may be involved in the hot flush mechanism.

Multiple studies have shown acupuncture therapy as an effective treatment for symptoms. Real acupuncture displayed significant results compared to a placebo acupuncture in both physical and psychological symptoms. Current data has also shown acupuncture can be considered as an alternative treatment particularly for women who suffer with hot flushes. In another study, a larger percentage of women who were treated twice weekly for 2-3 weeks, then monthly and then every several months, experienced complete remission of symptoms where others experienced satisfying results.

Although acupuncture has shown to be an effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, every woman’s hormones and bodies are different, the effects of treatment may differ for individuals.

To find out more regarding acupuncture for hot flushes and menopausal symptoms, why not book in for an initial consultation with Dr Michael Curtin? Dr Curtin currently operates in London, Bedford, St Albans and Hitchin. The necessary details can be found on our booking page.

Acupuncture for menopause and hot flushes