Holistic treatments such as acupuncture and acupressure for menopause are growing in popularity as they provide physical relief for unpleasant symptoms that medications fail to provide. While acupuncture uses needles to relieve symptoms and provide pain relief, acupressure relies on gentle pressure from the fingertips.
Around 85% of women have problems dealing with the disruptive symptoms of menopause. Finding natural remedies for hot flashes, mood changes, depression, insomnia, loss of libido and other menopausal symptoms can help women through this traumatic stage of their mid-life.
Acupressure for Menopause Symptoms
Acupressure therapists are trained to apply pressure on specific points on the hands, feet and body to release energy blocks and restore the proper flow of chi. In the case of acupressure for menopause symptoms, this pressure is applied to specific points on the skin to stimulate the ovaries, uterus, pituitary, thyroid and parathyroid glands to produce hormones. This restores the hormonal balance and is one of the best natural remedies for hot flashes currently available.
Pressure points used in acupressure for menopause include points on the balls of the feet known as "Bubbling Springs", the bridge of the nose known as the "Third Eye Point", the "Elegant Mansion" points on the collarbone, the "Sea of Tranquility" between the breasts and the "Gates of Consciousness" at the base of the skull.
Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes
In research studies, acupuncture and acupuncture are shown to be particularly beneficial for relieving menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes as they produce no side effects, unlike the controversial hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
In a Chinese study, 300 women between 41 and 60 years old were treated for the symptoms of menopause using traditional acupuncture. After just three 20-minute sessions, the women showed an impressive improvement in symptoms. Over half the group (51%) said they were cured of hot flashes, 28% reported a marked improvement, 18% saw some improvement and just 3% felt that the natural remedies for hot flashes were ineffective.
A similar Swedish study into natural remedies for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause found that the frequency of hot flashes decreased by half in women who received needle-inserted acupuncture treatment.
Women receiving acupressure for menopause symptoms report fast and lasting results, helping them manage early and premature menopause symptoms without the dangers of medicinal side effects.