Thousands of years of clinical history and modern research has shown that acupuncture is effective for reducing hot flashes.
Acupuncture is based on the idea that health is a state of balance in the body. Imbalances in the body lead to illness. We correct that imbalance with acupuncture and the body works to heal itself.
In my clinical practice of over 15 years I have helped many women with hot flashes.
Acupuncture for Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are most often caused by an imbalance in the heating and cooling of the body.
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. In Chinese Medicine, this can be understood through the idea of Yin and Yang.
Acupuncture works by helping to balance hormones and the nervous system. The treatment will focus on acupuncture points and meridians that encourage the supplementation of Yin of the body.
Yin and Yang in Health and Chinese Medicine
Yin and yang are the most basic concepts in Chinese medicine and are the key to health and wellness. Put simply, health is the proper balance of yin and yang. We use exercise, food, acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbs to balance them.
Yin is used to describe thick substances and stillness, and yang refers to more energetic actions and bodily substances. For example, blood is a yin type of substance and qi (usually translated as energy) is more yang. In treatment, the acupuncture techniques and herbs encourage the body to be more yang or yin in nature.
During hot flashes, women tend to have too little yin, which has cooling properties. This in turn leads to a relative excess of yang causing hot flashes. To treat the hot flashes, we use acupuncture techniques and herbs, which add yin to create a balance.