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Acupuncture for menopause symptoms


Acupuncture for menopause symptoms


Hot flushes, mood disturbance, night sweats, dryness, insomnia

Menopause can be much more than just the cessation of periods.

A systematic review published in January has looked at trials conducted on acupuncture for menopause symptoms, and the authors conclude that there is evidence that acupuncture can help for some of these symptoms. In terms of safety, there is no evidence thus far that acupuncture for symptoms of menopause is harmful.

The study’s authors conclude: “Evidence from RCTs [randomised controlled trials] supports the use of acupuncture as an adjunctive or stand-alone treatment for reducing VMSs [vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flushes or night sweats] and improving HRQOL [health-related quality of life] outcomes, with the caveat that observed clinical benefit associated with acupuncture may be due, in part, or in whole to nonspecific effects. The safety of acupuncture in the treatment of VMSs has not been rigorously examined, but there is no clear signal for a significant potential for harm.”


Are you struggling with menopause symptoms? Please request a 15-minute Free Consultation to discuss your unique situation and discover how we may help you to achieve your health goals.

We take a whole-person approach, helping you to manage and simplify your stress and life commitments, while addressing your symptoms and underlying condition with natural strategies such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Breath work
  • Guided meditations and
  • Inspiring you to appreciate the special meaning and value of this phase of your life, according to the centuries-old philosophy of Chinese medicine.


Request your Free Consultation today to discover whether our services are a good fit for you.




Reference: Befus D, Coeytaux RR, Goldstein KM, McDuffie JR, Shepherd-Banigan M, Goode AP, Kosinski A, Van Noord MG, Adam SS, Masilamani V, Nagi A, Williams JW Jr. Management of menopause symptoms with acupuncture: An umbrella systematic review and meta-analysis. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Jan 3. [Epub ahead of print]


This post is brought to you by Lois Nethery, acupuncturist and Chinese medicine herbalist at Ocean Acupuncture in Curl Curl on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Disclaimer - Ocean Acupuncture is a natural medicine centre of independent health practitioners. The views expressed in this blog are the author's only and do not necessarily reflect the views of all Ocean Acupuncture practitioners. The information presented in this blog, and on the Ocean Acupuncture website, is for interest and educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for health or medical information or advice. For health or medical advice, please consult your health professional.

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