Relieve PMS & Menopause with Acupuncture
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The use of acupuncture causes the body to release more endorphins. These hormones help regulate the body’s temperature. They also trigger opiate receptors within the brain to produce a calming pain-reducing effect. When combined with proper diet and exercise, acupuncture can stimulate the body’s natural functions – correcting PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Scientific Evidence for Acupuncture as a Treatment
The journal Acupuncture in Medicine published a study in 2011 that indicates acupuncture can relieve many of the symptoms of menopause. In this study, researchers used 53 women who were clinically diagnosed as postmenopausal. These women rated the severity of their symptoms – hot flashes, urinary symptoms, mood swings, vaginal dryness, etc. – using a five-point scale.
Half of these women – 27 – were treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture while the other half – 26 – were treated with blunted needles that did not penetrate the skin. Otherwise, their treatments were identical, two times per week for five weeks at the exact same legitimate acupuncture points. Their hormone levels – including estrogen – were measured prior to beginning the study. They are also measured after the first and last “treatments.”
Those who received true acupuncture at the hands of a trained and licensed acupuncturist/chiropractor reported markedly lower scores on that five-point scale than prior to beginning treatment. When compared to the rate of change in the control group, this difference in relief was considerable.
These changes were most pronounced in the severity of psychological symptoms and hot flashes while urogenital symptoms – vaginal dryness – show little to no change. Moreover, while estrogen levels in the control group showed little to no change, those women who received actual acupuncture demonstrated higher levels of estrogen and lower levels of luteinizing hormones. All of this adds up to relief from the common symptoms of PMS and menopause.