News sites all over the internet are talking about a recent study that shows acupuncture can help women reduce hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.
In this post, I will explain how acupuncture and Chinese medicine work to treat hot flashes.
Balance Cooling and Warming
The basic idea of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is simple: Health is based on balance. Imbalances in the body lead to illness. We correct that imbalance with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, the body works to heal itself.
Hot flashes are most often caused by an imbalance called Heat, specifically vacuity heat.
The body has the ability to warm itself, and it has the ability to cool itself. These qualities balance each other. In Chinese medicine, we described them as yin and yang properties, yang is warming and yin is cooling.
Menopause can reduce the amount of cooling in the body. That relative lack of cooling causes a relative excess of warming, which results in hot flashes.
Acupuncture works to replenish the cooling aspects of the body.
If you are interested in seeking acupuncture for menopause symptoms and hot flashes, please call us at 212-319-5757.