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February 20th, 2017

Hot flashes or night sweats?

Menopause is a time when many women become yin deficient, meaning that the cooling, moistening, and calming aspects of their physiology is weakening. As a result, peri and post- menopausal women often get hot, irritated, anxious, and can’t sleep as well. There are some very effective acupuncture points like Kidney 6 and Liver 10 which, nourish the yin followed by some very effective Chinese Herbal formulas which specifically bring the heat down and nourish the yin.  As we say, acupuncture paves the way and herbs make it stay.

Chinese herbs work synergistically with acupuncture to create a state of continuity in clearing heat and nourishing yin between treatments. I would highly recommend this approach before using hormone therapy, as these natural options are free of side effects. Hormone therapy is quite controversial in terms of its long-term effects. While it may work quickly to alleviate symptoms in the short run, I would not recommend to be on hormones for a period of time given the additional environmental factors which can increase the risk of cancer.

Watch out for Hot Flash Triggers

  • drinking alcohol
  • consuming products with caffeine
  • eating spicy foods
  • being in a hot room, hot yoga
  • feeling stressed or anxious
  • wearing tight clothing
  • smoking or being exposed to cigarette smoke

Typically I recommend 3-5 treatments to get the night sweats or hot flashes under control so that you can enjoy your day and get a good nights rest.

When your emotions are out of control and feel your life has suddenly been turned upside down,  I also offer a custom made Bach Flower remedy which you sip during the day in your water bottle and it will surely take the edge off.

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