You are likely reading this blogpost because you are desperately seeking some kind of answers for your hot flashes and night sweats, and are hoping that acupuncture help. As a Portland acupuncturist with over 7 years of experience in helping women ease their way through menopause, I have some natural options that work amazingly well.
You have come to the right spot.
1. Get acupuncture.
I specialize in treating women’s health with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and have had women find me or get referred to me by their OB-Gyns when they do not want hormone therapy to be a part of their treatment plan. Hormone therapy has helped many women, but over the years we have also seen that it is not entirely safe, and can even increase your risk of cancer. The beauty of acupuncture is that while being incredibly effective, it also incredibly safe. I have been astounded by how well acupuncture alone has helped my patients reduce or eliminate their hot flashes and night sweats. As a by-product of eliminating night sweats, you will sleep better, which will improve your mood and diminish your brain fogginess. Now isn’t that what you’ve been hoping for? To top it off, you get to do all of this while resting on a nice heated (or not!) massage table, letting someone else take care of you for a change.
2. Examine your Diet.
In addition to acupuncture, I always talk about diet in relation to any health concerns my patients may have, and I have seen incredible connections made between hot flashes and diet. When you come in as a patient, we work in tandem, forming a partnership in your health. I am kind of like a health detective, and you provide me with your insights and observations about your symptoms. When we discuss your diet you will find yourself paying more and more attention to how your body reacts to the fuel you put into it. You may notice foods, drinks, medications and/or supplements that might be compounding your hot flashes and night sweats. I have had more than one patient who, after keeping a food, mood, and health journal, noticed that consuming a specific food or group of foods (in one case stone fruits!) that made their hot flashes worse. We will also go over ideal foods to add or to take out of your diet in order to help cool you down.
3. Use Herbs.
Herbs are also a part of most treatment plans for patients contending with menopausal symptoms. You have likely heard of black cohosh either from friends or in your google searches pertaining to your night sweats, and it can be very effective. I am nationally certified to practice Chinese herbal medicine, and what that means is that I have years of training in prescribing custom formulas for my patients. While black cohosh can be helpful for night sweats, you may have other health concerns that commonly come with menopause, such as mood swings, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, or insomnia, and when I prescribe herbs, I have the benefit of being able to customize formulas so that we can address all of your health concerns at once. Herbs are potent medicine, and although they are natural, this does not mean that you should self-prescribe. There are potential interactions with other medications or supplements that you may be taking that need to be considered, so please contact a qualified herbalist before adding herbs to your regimen.
By using acupuncture, diet and herbs I have been able to help many Portland area women significantly reduce or eliminate night sweats and hot flashes. There is no need for you to continue to suffer. Visit my website for more information, and call 503-442-1205 to schedule your free consult.