“Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.”  Sun Tzu: The Art of War

About

Menopause

Menopuase acupuncture

YOUR ‘SECOND SPRING’

Springtime – the season that symbolises starting afresh, new beginnings & flourishing growth.

You are probably wondering ‘what does that have to do with Menopause’? Just hearing the word ‘menopause’ is enough to dredge up memories of the horror stories thrust upon us by the hapless women who went before. In fact, isn’t it true that most women dread menopause!

It is commonly said that women in Asian countries such as China and Japan suffer less with their menopause than western women do and some assume this is due to dietary factors, possibly the consumption of soy produce said to contain plant ‘oestrogens’ (phytoestrogens).

Another prominent difference is that Asian women have been brought up to welcome ‘the change’.

Let’s put the horror stories aside for a moment and view things through a positive mindset.

Just as the wise gardener begins to prepare the earth in readiness for the onset of Spring, so should we be preparing our body prior to our Second Spring. Your forties are the time to address hormonal imbalances & those niggling health issues you have been ignoring.

Menopause is a time when women can truly come into their own as the distractions & demands of the child rearing years / career building begin to wind down.

You may find inventive ways to be useful in the world. You have honed wisdom through your years of becoming so well seasoned. Far from ceasing to grow, you may embark on a new path of self realisation. You may step up into your personal power.

You have much to do. We need you. We need you to be strong and in continuing good health.

As your ‘Spring’ approaches, far from being a helpless victim, should you experience for example:

  • Hot flushes
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fluid retention etc

..these can be addressed through Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, nutritional, dietary, mindset & lifestyle adjustments.

Not all women need HRT. Not all women suffer through menopause.

NAVIGATING IT

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in improving:

  • sleep quality and quality of life in primary insomnia, also in secondary insomnia including menopausal, peri-menopausal, post-menopausal and depression-related.
  • quality of life and symptoms such as hot flushes in menopausal women.

Here, acupuncture treatment may be integrated with herbal & nutritional support. Treatment is as always individualised, never ‘one size fits all’.

You are not alone. Many women have survived menopause and go on to lead happy, healthy fulfilled lives. The key is learning how to navigate through.

How Can Acupuncture Help You?

Acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine may assist you in preparing for, during and after menopause.

Research

Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia

1) Chiu, H. Y., Hsieh, Y. J., & Tsai, P. S. (2016). Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol, 127(3), 507-515. doi:10.1097/aog.0000000000001268.

2) Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Menopause. 2015 Feb;22(2):234-44.

Menopausal hot flushes & insomnia

1) Chiu, H. Y., Hsieh, Y. J., & Tsai, P. S. (2016). Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol, 127(3), 507-515. doi:10.1097/aog.0000000000001268.

2) Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Menopause. 2015 Feb;22(2):234-44.

3) Dodin S, Blanchet C, Marc I, Ernst E, Wu T, Vaillancourt C, et al. Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013(7):Cd007410.

Anxiety

1) Au, D. W., Tsang, H. W., Ling, P. P., Leung, C. H., Ip, P. K., & Cheung, W. M. (2015). Effects of acupressure on anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med, 33(5), 353-359. doi:10.1136/acupmed-2014-010720

2) Amorim, D., Amado, J., Brito, I., Fiuza, S. M., Amorim, N., Costeira, C., & Machado, J. (2018). Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research. Complement Ther Clin Pract, 31, 31-37. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.01.008

3) Bazzan, A. J., Zabrecky, G., Monti, D. A., & Newberg, A. B. (2014). Current evidence regarding the management of mood and anxiety disorders using complementary and alternative medicine. Expert Rev Neurother, 14(4), 411-423. doi:10.1586/14737175.2014.892420

4) Fleckenstein, J., Kruger, P., & Ittner, K. P. (2018). Effects of single-point acupuncture (HT7) in the prevention of test anxiety: Results of a RCT. PLoS One, 13(8), e0202659. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0202659

5) Goyata, S. L., Avelino, C. C., Santos, S. V., Souza Junior, D. I., Gurgel, M. D., & Terra, F. S. (2016). Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety: integrative review. Rev Bras Enferm, 69(3), 602-609. doi:10.1590/0034-7167.2016690325i

6) Kwon, C. Y., & Lee, B. (2018). Acupuncture or Acupressure on Yintang (EX-HN 3) for Anxiety: A Preliminary Review. Med Acupunct, 30(2), 73-79. doi:10.1089/acu.2017.1268

7) Smith, C. A., de Lacey, S., Chapman, M., Ratcliffe, J., Norman, R. J., Johnson, N. P., & Fahey, P. (2018). The effects of acupuncture on the secondary outcomes of anxiety, and quality of life for women undergoing IVF: a randomised controlled trial. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. doi:10.1111/aogs.13528

Introductory Package

Curious to try out some acupuncture and cost-effectively? Our Introductory Package is currently available. This investment in your health gives you an initial consultation / acupuncture treatment + two follow up treatments for $242 (saving you $43).

And if you’re in a health fund with ‘Extras’ cover you can claim back more of this cost on top of the savings as well.

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