Study Shows Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes

According to data from The North American Menopause Society, about 75% of women going through menopause experience hot flashes. These episodes can cause great discomfort, lack of sleep and even embarrassment. Most women suffering from these elevations in body temperature turn to hormone replacement therapy, over-the-counter remedies or just tough it out.

Now, a recent scientific study shows that there may be relief for women beyond what they can get from their local pharmacy. Researchers in Ankara, Turkey found that acupuncture reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes and night sweats. The study was conducted by a team at the Ankara Training and Research Hospital. They studied two groups of women—one group of 27 women received acupuncture while the other 26 received “sham” acupuncture, in which the acupuncture didn’t actually penetrate the skin.

The research team found that the women who received real acupuncture treatments showed significant improvement over those in the sham group, and therefore concluded that acupuncture should be used as a therapy to treat menopausal symptoms.

At Tao of Wellness, we use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help regulate hormones, bringing the body into better balance and normalizing temperature. This involves more than just acupuncture. Chinese herbal remedies and nutrition are also important parts of treating hot flashes.

Because of Thomas Boldt, I can cuddle with my husband again. Really! After listening to my symptoms and frustrations with extreme hot flashes and night sweats, Thomas’ treatments were spot on. In fact, I felt cool during the very first acupuncture treatment—quite wonderful. I appreciate his grounded, thoughtful energy and feel respected and understood on each visit. Thomas answers my questions, addresses my concerns, and celebrates my progress. I always leave Tao of Wellness smiling. –  Lynn Velazquez, Ed.D.

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