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Night sweats and hot flashes are common symptoms of menopause in the U.S. There you are going about your day, when all of a sudden, the heat of the sun emits from your core. The bud of many jokes, “the change” does not have to be so dramatic.

The word menopause simply means cessation of menses. Ideally, it ought to be just that and without symptoms. Acupuncture can help.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture can help regulate your hormones and therefore, regulate your temperature and stop profuse sweating. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we all have yin and yang energy in our bodies. In a perfect world, they are balanced and in harmony. In the real world, they are anything but and when they become noticeably imbalanced, our health suffers. As women age, it is common in the U.S. for their yin to become depleted. This of course affects their yang as well, resulting in night sweats, hot flashes, and irritability.

What acupuncture can do is help replenish your yin (which in effect, helps your yang). It can help restore harmony and balance and therefore, get rid of night sweats and hot flashes. Clinically, I have had success with helping women (and men, too!) relieve night sweats and hot flashes with acupuncture alone.

Adding Chinese Herbs to Your Treatment

Chinese herbs can help, too. A common herb on the market is black cohosh (or sheng ma in Pinyin). This herb is great for helping you cool down. However, it is not meant for everyone. In Chinese medicine, we look at the individual and your constitution and health tendencies. Chinese herbs and acupuncture are customized to fit each individual. For example, black cohosh may work well for you, but not for your friend who needs a different Chinese herb. The take home here is if you want to use Chinese herbs, consult a practitioner who has a Master’s degree in herbs and is board certified in herbology.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs allow your body to heal itself from the inside out safely and naturally and without side effects. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us at palmgrenacu@gmail.com or (773) 915-3683.

Research studies on acupuncture and hot flashes/night sweats

Bothered by hot flashes? Acupuncture might be the answer, analysis suggests: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140714122812.htm

Research Study: Using traditional acupuncture for breast-cancer related hot flashes and night sweats: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20954961

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