Managing Perimenopause Symptoms with Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that involves puncturing the skin with very small and thin needles at strategic points.
Recent research has shown that acupuncture may help mitigate some of the symptoms of perimenopause. It has helped reduce the severity and occurrence of hot flashes, mood changes, and fatigue. It has also been shown to improve memory loss and concentration. Acupuncture also helps regulate the menstrual cycle, reducing the occurrence of skipped cycles, changes in cycle lengths, and changes in flow.
Acupuncture as an Adjunct Treatment
For women who are unable to or prefer to not use hormone replacement therapy, acupuncture may be a good treatment option. Acupuncture could even be used as an adjunct treatment.
Side Effects of Acupuncture
Very few side effects have been reported with acupuncture. All were short-term and involved placement of the needles. These included pain at the puncture site, bleeding or bruising at the puncture site, drowsiness, or feeling dizzy.
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-Written by Paavana Varanasi