Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine that has a history that is over 2000 years old. And it has been shown, in all forms of acupuncture, to help relieve the misery of hot flashes.
Acupuncture places very fine needles into “meridians” of the body, identified by whatever illness or malady the patient suffers. Because the western world can’t accept anything with a study, acupuncture was evaluated by researchers and confirms acupuncture’s many great benefits for a variety of health conditions. Some private insurance plans have started to cover acupuncture as a treatment modality.
Over 80% of American women suffer from hot flashes when they go through menopause. The symptom of hot flashes can start up to three years before a woman becomes menopausal, and can last for up to fifteen years after she is post-menopausal. While the severity of hot flashes varies from woman to woman, they are the most despised aspect of menopause reported. Some women have over 20 hot flashes a day and those who suffer through them at night develop chronic insomnia.
The study that evaluated the efficacy of acupuncture for hot flashes consisted of 12 controlled trials on over 850 women who naturally entered menopause between 40 and 60 years of age. All forms of acupuncture reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes. And the effects lasted for several months.
This is fabulous news for women who are looking for an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
A few other non-medication methods of reducing hot flashes are to relieve your stress levels. This, in turn, can help to normalize your changing hormone levels.
Wear looser clothing, particularly around the waist and groin area. Some manufacturers even market loose clothing for menopause.
Then take a good look at the food you eat. Spicy foods are notorious for raising our internal temperature. And meat and dairy have been shown to increase hot flashes, both in number and severity. Eating foods high in vitamin E, like leafy greens, nuts, and certain tropical fruits has been shown to be helpful.
Black Cohosh is often a suggested supplement often used in Europe for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Some studies suggest it works as well as estrogen supplementation.
In short, if you’re suffering from menopausal hot flashes and don’t want to take hormone replacement therapy, you have some choices.