Many women suffer during menopause, emotional issues, lower back pain, poor sleep, anxiety and the dreaded hot flushes are all common symptoms associated with menopause.
The good news is acupuncture is here to help. An acupuncturist’s unique ability to treat menopause and its associated symptoms is made possible through the understanding of the internal organs and their respective functions.
When it comes to menopause the main organs associated are the Liver and Kidneys.
Kidneys are said to be governed by the water element. As we get older the kidneys energy naturally diminishes. During menopause the kidneys are further depleted and this deficiency of the water element can result in an inability of the kidneys to cool the rest of the body, particularly the fire of the heart organ. Also due to the anatomical location of the kidneys, their deficiency can also cause lower back pain. Coupled with the main deficiency symptom of the kidney which is hot flushes this makes for an uncomfortable experience. Furthermore the Chinese understanding that the kidneys house the emotion “fear” explains why during menopause many women also suffer from anxiety.
The Liver is said to store and circulate the blood. During menopause there is a reduction in the amount of blood stored in the liver. This reduction in blood can also result in an excess production of heat. This heat is then accused of causing the hot flushes. Emotionally the liver is said to house the emotion “anger” This is why during menopause there is often an accompaniment of irritability and anger. Also because of the livers relationship to the neck and shoulders, stiffness and tightness through this region is also a common symptom of menopause.
A skilled acupuncturist is capable of determining which of these organs is involved in the patient’s case of menopause. Then, through the gentle use of super fine often painless acupuncture needles, these symptoms can be comfortably and effectively treated. Allowing you to once again have a cool and relaxing nights sleep.