Imagine Laserworks for Menopause and Hot Flashes
Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medicine combined with 21st century laser therapy (acupuncture with no needles) targets various pressure points, or energy channels along the body and has been used to heal chronic conditions, promote weight loss, and improve injuries.
However, recently several medical studies credited this holistic approach with easing the following menopausal symptoms…
Eases Hot Flashes
Perhaps the most notable health studies, one from Turkish scientists and another from the National Center for Biotechnology Information credited acupuncture with lowering the incidence of menopausal hot flashes. The majority of test subjects enjoyed a 35-precent lower rate of hot flashes following acupuncture treatment—that’s a higher success rate than traditional hormone therapy.
Soothes Menopause-Related Insomnia
Additional studies also gave kudos to acupuncture and its ability to encourage the sleep bug in the face of hormonal imbalance. It seems the holistic therapy may attempt to regulate hormones and reduce sleep problems—including restlessness, and menopause-related insomnia.
According to the theory behind acupuncture, hormonal system imbalances occur when the internal balance of Yin-Yang energy is disrupted. Acupuncture attempts to strengthen and rebalance the Yin-Yang equality within the body, restoring internal balance and hormone-related symptoms, like irritability.
Another affect of Yin-Yang imbalance, when fiery Yang energy overcomes cooling Yin energy the body can overheat, especially during sleep. This occurs due to Yin energy is weaning during menopause, which causes the body to be unable to cool itself down as quickly.
Acupuncturists who treat menopausal patients using a short series of regular appointments (i.e., weekly), many women reported an noticeable increase in energy levels as well as a decrease in menopausal fatigue due to raging hormones.
Spider and Varicose Veins
Acupuncture has been long credited with opening pathways and improving circulation throughout the body. So it’s no surprise that the instance of spider and varicose vein development would be greatly reduced thanks to overall improvements in blood circulation from regular acupuncture treatments.
General Muscle Aches & Pains
Although medical scientists have scratched their heads over how an acupuncture needle inserted into one body part can heal another, there is no doubt of the effectiveness on menopausal patients. Those women regularly undergoing acupuncture therapy report reducing blood pressure, increased blood circulation, which both promote the release natural pain-relieving chemicals (i.e., endorphins).
Relief of Depression
In addition to increasing appetite and energy levels, menopausal women who underwent acupuncture treatments to restore hormonal balance, reported a decrease in menopause-related depression and overall feelings of negativity.
What Is a Hot Flash?
Hot flashes are one of the most common complaints of menopause, as the periods of intense heat, warm skin, and sweating are uncomfortable. They can be triggered by wearing tight clothing, feeling stressed, or consuming alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods.
A hot flash, sometimes called a hot flush, is a quick feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. The exact cause of hot flashes is not known, but may be related to changes in circulation.
Hot flashes happen when the blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate to cool. A woman may also sweat to cool down her body. And some women have a rapid heart rate or chills.
Hot flashes with sweating can also happen at night. These are called night sweats and may make it harder to sleep.
A hot flush is a hot flash plus redness in the face and neck.
How Long Will I Have Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes vary among women going through menopause. Some women have hot flashes for a very short time during menopause. Other women may have hot flashes for life. Generally, hot flashes are less severe as time passes.
Can I Prevent Hot Flashes?
You probably can’t avoid hot flashes during menopause, but there are things that may bring them on more often or cause them to be more severe. To prevent hot flashes, avoid these triggers:
- Spicy foods
- Tight clothing
- Cigarette smoke
Other things you can do to keep hot flashes at bay include:
- Stay cool. Keep your bedroom cool at night. Use fans during the day. Wear light layers of clothes with natural fibers such as cotton.
- Try deep, slow abdominal breathing (six to eight breaths per minute). Practice deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening and at the onset of hot flashes.
- Exercise daily. Walking, swimming, dancing, and bicycling are all good choices.
- Try chill pillows. Cooler pillows to lay your head on at night might be helpful.
Foods to ward off hot flashes for simple, natural relief
- Protein — Chlorella
- Healthy fats
- High-fiber phytonutrients — fewer flashes
- Balanced nutrition for hormonal equilibrium