Managing Menopause Symptoms using Acupuncture

I am a Physiotherapist trained to offer Western Medical Acupuncture and over the years I have had some incredible results, equally for some people this treatment may not yield the benefits hoped for.

Acupuncture: Traditional Wisdom

Source: Pocket Atlas of Acupuncture Carl-Hermann Hempen MD, Velis Wortman Chow MD, 2005, Thieme

Western Medicine

A key figure in the history of medicine was the physician Hippocrates of Kos (c. 460 — c. 370 BCE), he was considered the “father of modern medicine”. Hippocrates began to categorize illnesses as acute, chronic, endemic and epidemic, and used terms such as, “exacerbation, relapse, resolution, crisis, paroxysm, peak, and convalescence.” Source: Loudon, Irvine (2002). Western Medicine: An Illustrated History.

19th Century: The Rise of Modern Medicine

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What Comes Around, Goes Around

Chinese medicine is built upon a notion of human beings as a delicate balance of energy forces. The main focus of the Chinese approach is on the observation and recognition of vital functions. The term Qi is always used when one talks of active vital energy that is manifest and It includes emotions, all the common vital functions; such as respiration, digestion, production of physical movement, and all the processes requiring biological energy.

So a TCM acupuncture trained practitioner, will take a detailed history and most likely take a look at the tongue, check the pulses, consider nutritional influences, childhood ailments and our family history. A western medical trained acupuncturist will likely do much the same and there is some evidence that acupuncture can be beneficial for a whole host of menopausal symptoms.

A Holistic Approach to Wellness; Sign me up!

A multisystem problem may well require a multifaceted approach to management, there is no one size fits all solution and remember more often than not you are the expert of your own body.

Recent advances in the gut, oral, vaginal and bladder microbiota illustrate further our uniqueness and may well support treatments which take account of the interconnected complexities of the human condition.

Perhaps monitoring pulses is not so crazy after all. Heart rate variability is increasingly used as a measure for autonomic nervous system imbalances People who have a high HRV may have greater cardiovascular fitness and be more resilient to stress.

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Women’s health Research: The Poor Relation?

But if we consider the long history of medicine, this is the equivalent to the blink of an eye. So the tide is changing (hallelujah) and not a moment too soon if you ask me!

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Chartered Physiotherapist. Passionate about movement as medicine. Using pilates and yoga to mitigate the symptoms of the menopause. Contact hi@precizion.co.uk