Some Lovely Advice from María Sabina, a Mexican healer & poet:
Everyone’s health & safety is core to our daily operations & accordingly I have implemented the requisite Health & Safety measures as advised by the HSE in advance of welcoming you into the clinic. The following is not an exhaustive list, it is just some of the key policies that are in place. Key Features of our Health & Safety measures include:
Also please know that:
The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) has proposed that Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of the following conditions (Reference Bannerman 1979) :
A study published in BMJ Open found that Menopausal women could make menopause easier by using Acupuncture as an alternative to HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). Acupuncture can help make menopause easier by easing the menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, night sweating, sleep disturbances and mood swings.
The study concluded that “Acupuncture for menopausal symptoms is a realistic option for women who cannot or do not wish to use HRT.”
The research study found that 80% of the menopausal women in the group receiving acupuncture “reported a general beneficial treatment effect after 6 weeks”. The acupuncture group of women “was significantly less bothered by Hot Flushes at 6 weeks” compared to the menopausal women who had not received acupuncture.
There were also other statistically significant differences in favour of the women who received acupuncture and those who did not: the statistically significant differences were the frequency of day and night sweats, menopausal sleep disturbances, emotional symptoms, and skin and hair problems.
Hot Flushes in particular, depending on their severity, and if they continue for years (which is common), can have a major impact on a woman’s quality of life and well-being. In the research study, the difference in hot flushes was already apparent after just 3 weeks of acupuncture treatment. “The pattern of decrease in hot flushes, emotional symptoms, skin and hair symptoms was already apparent 3 weeks into the study”.
The researchers of this study also found that a brief course of acupuncture may also help to ease other troublesome menopausal symptoms such as the skin and hair problems that can occur with menopause.
HRT (Hormonal Replacement Therapy) and other prescription drugs can indeed treat various symptoms and make menopause easier as well, but they come with a long list of undesirable side effects.
Conclusions of the study were: “The standardised and brief acupuncture treatment produced a fast and clinically relevant reduction in moderate-to-severe menopausal symptoms during the six-week intervention. No severe adverse effects were reported”.
The researcher’s study included menopausal women who were either given 5 weeks of acupuncture or no acupuncture. Each weekly session of acupuncture was performed by someone trained in acupuncture and who had been practising acupuncture for an average of 14 years.
Well, the quick, short answer is that if you find yourself asking yourself the questions: “Am I going through menopause, am I experiencing menopause symptoms?”, that generally means that you are. The asking of the question usually means that means some things have been happening to you that are out of the ordinary. Menopause, or rather peri-menopause, is the time leading up to menopause. Menopause is when you have had no periods for at least a year.
The age when menopause symptoms start varies greatly from woman to woman. Generally it is said that the age your mother went through menopause is a good indicator of when you will start to experience it as well. I find that the level, severity and duration of symptoms can be vastly different as today women have many therapies and help available that their mothers did not have. Even things like dietary and exercise changes can hugely impact a woman’s menopause experience.
Very generally, the average age for peri menopause:
Perimenopause can begin at around age 40 and continue until around 50 or 55 years old when the period ends completely. It can start earlier and end later than this range. Having some blood tests can help you deteremine if peri menopause is happening.
Usually symptoms of menopause can start with things that are not glaringly related to what you would think is obviously menopause. It’s usually things that you can easily explain away by attributing it to be being busy or stressed or not eating right or getting enough exercise. The early symptoms of menopause -pre menopause symptoms- can be easily explained away as something else especially if you have young children that still need a lot of your time and attention. The early menopause symptoms seem to creep in slowly well before you have an obvious hot flash. It usually starts with:
Hot flashes and night sweats are the most obvious signs of menopause and perimenopause. Having a hot flash is what usually makes women stop and pay attention and realise that this must be menopause.
There are so many physical, emotional & mental menopause symptoms that it can be difficult in the beginning of the peri menopause stage to realise that it even is peri menopause. Mainly because we tend to explain away why we are tired or gaining weight, etc. And also, during peri menopause our hormone levels are fluctuating up & down, so the peri menopause symptoms we feel can come and go frequently as our hormone levels change up & down. See the full list below of menopause symptoms & peri menopause symtpoms.
Take care of yourself-Nourish Yourself. As we get older it takes more effort to maintain your health. Replenish yourself with healthy foods, stay hydrated, do rejuvinating exercise like yoga, tai chi, walking (not depleting exercise), implement a sleep nighttime routine, cut down on caffeine, sugar & alcohol, make time for yourself to have some fun & to address anything that is bothering you. Get a massage or refelxology or get a facial & a new face moisturiser. Meditate, get acupuncture. Take some herbs, talk to your doctor. Talk to friends, spouse, a counsellor, etc. Nourish Yourself in any way you can. Definitely add in some fun. Click to read about natural remedies for hot flashes
You will not necessarily experience all of the symptoms listed below, so don’t get worried, plenty of women manage to go through menopause without major disruption and even change their lives for the better if they nourish themselves and put some attention & time to it. Below is the long list of the Physical, Emotional & Mental Symptoms of Menopause:
Take heart though, as you will not experience all of the above menopause symptoms, your menopause experience will be unique to you with your own combination of symptoms at varying degrees of intensity. Plenty of women make this time manageable and even use it as an opportunity to grow and change things for the better.
Since you are reading this, the chances are that you know firsthand that hot flashes are one of the most common & annoying of the menopause and perimenopause symptoms. Hot flashes can come out of nowhere and take you by surprise, they just happen with no warning and seem to take over at inopportune moments and begin to make life difficult. Take heart though, as there are plenty of natural remedies for hot flashes that can help to relieve & diminish the severity and frequency of occurance. Acupuncture is one of the best natural ways to find relief from hot flashes. Have a look at the Mayo Clinic Acupuncture video of a Mayo Clinic Acupuncturist relieving hot flashes with Acupuncture. Also there are some herbal supplements you can start taking as well that are very effective.
Hot flashes may start to occur in peri menopause (the time period usually after the age of 40 & before your last period) and hot flashes can continue until after menopause age (The time when you have not had a period for a year). Exactly when hot flashes stop happening for good varies from woman to woman. It depends on how your own personal hormones level and balance out during your menopause journey, how well you take of yourself and what action you take (like getting acupuncture for menopause, what exercise you take or not, whether you eat healthy or not, etc).
Hot flashes can occur randomly or they can happen once off here and there and be mild or they can happen frequently and with great intensity. They can also cause related symptoms of perimenopause such as sweating, red hot flushes in the cheeks (this can feel like a sunburn), palpitations (rapid heart beats) and a feeling of pressure in your head.
Hot flashes can occur any time during the day and or night. If it happens at night, hot flashes may interfere with your ability to get a full and restful night’s sleep. Which in turn may affect your energy, your mood and your ability to concentrate the next day. Some women also experience night sweats which is a similar perimenopause symptom : it is waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat (you may even have to change your pyjama’s because they are soaked), but not necessarily feeling the heat/ hot flash in your face.
There are plenty of effective and natural remedies for hot flashes, so if you find the severity and frequency of hot flashes and hot flushes are taking its toll on your life, take some action to take back control of your life, make some changes, add in some good things to your life and take out or reduce some of the bad things, I did and it certainly has made all the difference!