Acupuncture and the menopause; hot flushes
Acupuncture is increasingly used for many different conditions, but one that may not at first be obvious if that of menopausal symptoms, where acupuncture has been shown in studies to be of benefit. Here I will present information on acupuncture for hot flushes, and other menopausal symptoms of sleep quality, mood and anxiety, memory and cognition and general quality of life.
I’ll also discuss theories and scientific studies showing how acupuncture may be achieving these effects.
I will also touch on hot flushes of other causes, in males and females after cancer-treatment using hormonal drugs these can also cause “vasomotor symptoms”, also known as hot flushes.
I’ll discuss how research shows acupuncture to affect the hormonal system, and finally I’ll leave you with some information and links to follow up for the references and bibliography relating to this area.
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Posted on: May-30-2016 21:03 pm
Some common questions on how we work alongside allopathic medicine
“But what will my doctor say?”
Take a look at Helen Smallwood’s video about this exact question, which shows that acupuncture is popular and well-supported by the medical profession.
Studies have shown that majority (83%) of GPs agree acupuncture can be clinically useful and 72% that it can be cost effective. (Lipman et al, 2003), and 65% agree acupuncture is effective (White, Resch, & Ernst 1997).Â Â In a study by the British Medical Association
“Overall 79% of the GPs agreed that they would like to see acupuncture available on the NHS” (BMA, 2000 p76).
Where GPs recommend acupuncture to patients, it is mostly for pain relief, musculoskeletal disorders, psychological conditions, stress, skin diseases and chronic illnesses (BMA, 2000; Giannelli, Cuttini, Da Fre & Buiatti, 2007; Adams 2001a; Ernst 2000b; Desser, 2003, Lewis & Halvorsen, 2003). Their support is shown by the fact that between 59% (BMA, 2000) and 79% (Lipman, 2000) of GPs would like to see acupuncture available within the NHS.
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Posted on: Apr-10-2016 10:35 am
We are always happy to answer any questions that people put to us about acupuncture. One of the ones that used to take me by surprise was “but it’s just a placebo, right?”
Really? What a question. I was surprised to consider it possible that anyone would believe that an entire profession, training colleges, regulatory boards and research bodies would be built on a treatment that was placebo. Where would the ethics and justification come from? Why would acupuncture still exist?
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Posted on: Apr-5-2016 10:32 am
by Helen Smallwood, acupuncturist, Shaftesbury Clinic
This blog post will concentrate on the use and research regarding acupuncture and mental health, and with a particular focus on depression.
Acupuncture is known by many as being holistic, which means it looks at the workings of the body and the mind overall in an integrated way, as opposed to seeing them as separate entities. Some people are surprised when I tell them acupuncture can be very beneficial for mental health as their first impression is that acupuncture is a very physical therapy and they are mainly associating it with its uses for pain and injuries.
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Posted on: Aug-18-2015 9:56 am
I am often asked about acupuncture for anxiety and stress. We see a lot of patients for anxiety, stress, depression and other mood or motivational issues. Acupuncture is something that a great number of these patients have said has changed their daily lives for the better. This works best if they can address other lifestyle issues (e.g. diet, exercise, relaxation strategies), and we can very often recommend strategies and experienced colleagues to concurrently support these aspects if this is desirable.
Read More Acupuncture for anxiety and stress
Posted on: Jun-27-2015 10:31 am