Women often come with aches and pains, feeling that they're not coping as well as they usually do, they often complain of feeling more emotional and tearful, have experienced weight gain, loss of libido, headaches..... the list goes on. I usually start with a full case history and suggest changes that can be made with nutrition, supplements and some lifestyle changes. Acupuncture is my first treatment of choice in these situations - mainly because I can treat a variety of different symptoms using acupuncture, it's very effective, very safe and generally free from negative side effects.
Earlier this year I had a client who came to see me for acupuncture for back pain. When we completed the case history it transpired that she'd been experiencing quite a number of the problems I mentioned earlier. I treated her back pain by placing needles on a variety of points on her back and legs. I then used ear acupuncture to help reduce stress levels, balance hormones and generally help her feel stronger and better able to cope. I then placed 2 little magnetic pellets on each ear and gave her instructions on how to use these when feeling stressed or anxious. When I saw her a week later her pain score had come down from 7 out of 10 to just 1, she was feeling much better in herself with a reduction in most of the symptoms... and had noticed an increase in libido :)
Who'd have thought that sticking a few tiny needles in someone's ear could help with so many different 'problems'.
Ladies - please don't ignore those changes! I've heard so many women say that they thought they were going crazy or were worried that something more sinister was going on in their body because so many different things seemed to be going 'wrong' at the same time. There are lots of things you can do to help ease the symptoms you're experiencing during this time in your life. Acupuncture is just one of those treatment choices but there are plenty of other 'natural' treatments that can help you balance and support your body and surf the menopausal waves. Do a little research, contact local natural/complementary therapy practitioners - ask for an initial chat before you commit to treatment, most professional practitioners will welcome this opportunity to meet you and answer your questions. It might take a little time to find the best treatment for you but when you find it you'll definitely feel the benefit. As one client said to me "I've got my mojo back!"
Happy Menopause :)