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If I am being completely honest, acupuncture to support menopause had not been on my radar until mid-2023, when it was recommended to me within a workplace presentation by an individual who had noticed great success following her own course of acupuncture. 

Then I found Lucy at The Dorset Acupuncturist and we discussed me as a whole, and not me and my menopause.  As a result, Lucy devised a course of treatment for 4 weeks.

I didn’t notice an immediate impact on how I felt upon leaving each session, but probably two months after the treatment I started to notice the positive effects. Why then? I had not immediately noticed the effects because it was only when a particular symptom reappeared that I realised it had not been there!

This symptom was waking in the morning with my heart starting to race (for no particular reason), and in doing so creating a feeling of anxiety. 

I absolutely believe my treatment calmed my feelings of anxiety.

Lucy supports her clients in so many ways and is a kind and gentle soul.

Over to Lucy to provide a greater insight into her amazing work and yes, that is a needle in my forehead (known as the one to help ‘chill’ me!):

Traditional acupuncture originated in China over 2000 years ago and involves inserting very fine, sterile needles into specific points on channels (also called meridians) that run all over the body, to affect the flow of ‘qi’. What is qi (pronounced chee)? This is a very good question! There is no direct translation from Chinese to English for this word, however it is often referred to as energy, or life force – however this is quite simplistic. Qi is a concept that represents the many transformative processes that support life, so is involved in all parts of how our mind and body works. 

Qi should flow smoothly around the meridians in our body – in a similar way to blood flowing. However, the stresses of modern life can cause it to become blocked – emotional issues, working too much, not getting enough sleep, not moving your body enough (or too much!) can all effect the flow of qi – resulting in all sorts of symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, hay fever, skin issues, IBS and many other things. 

But how can it help menopausal symptoms? 

Traditional acupuncture treatment is very individualised and looks at you as a whole person – not just your current symptoms. The aim is to bring balance back to your system and get to the root causes, which in turn should then help alleviate any symptoms that you may be suffering with.

There have been many studies investigating how treatment can help the symptoms of both the menopause and the perimenopause and they have found that acupuncture can help with the following:

  • Reducing hot flushes and night sweats
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Mood swings and anxiety
  • Supporting hormonal balance
  • Brain fog

I have certainly seen evidence of this in my own clinic. It’s important to note that acupuncture has an accumulative effect, so a course of treatment (3-5 sessions) would be needed to start with. Many people find treatment very relaxing and explore it as a drug free way to start feeling better. Others worry it will hurt – understandable! However the needles are only 0.18 of a millimetre, so extremely fine. Most people don’t feel the needles or sometimes experience a dull ache/tingling sensation. 

For more information please visit:
www.thedorsetacupuncturist.com

Information on research can be found here:
www.acupuncture.org.uk
Links to specific menopause research studies:
Efficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study) – PubMed (nih.gov)

Menopause-related symptoms: traditional Chinese medicine vs hormone therapy – PubMed (nih.gov)

Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) study: a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial – PubMed (nih.gov)