Acupuncture for menopause

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Acupuncture for menopause plus other women’s health conditions

Like all branches of Chinese medicine, women’s health has had a long history. The earliest records on gynaecological medical writings date from around 1000BC.

Bones and tortoise shells have been found with writings dealing with childbirth problems and a textbook called Book of Mountains and Seas (circa 300BC) reviews medicinal plants to address infertility.

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine features many references to women’s physiology and anatomy, and to the diagnosis and treatment of of gynaecological issues.

During the Han Dynasty (206BC to 220AD), a gynaecologist was called a women’s doctor. The earliest recorded gynaecologists under that name were two doctors called Yi Xu and Chun Yu Yan. They treated one of the empresses during the Western Han Dynasty (206BC to 24AD).

In his book Discussion on Cold-induced Diseases, the doctor Zhang Zhong Jing refers to a previous book called Series of Herbs for Obstetrics. This shows that even before the Han Dynasty there were books dealing with gynaecology in China.

That’s millennia ago.

Since the early 1950s, Western and Eastern medicine in China have worked together and many innovative treatments have been prescribed.

We tap into these to bring such innovation to the women of Brisbane.

See our pages covering acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy as well.

Acupuncture for menopause and other women’s conditions

The latest high-level clinical research demonstrates the effectiveness of acupuncture for 46 conditions, with another 71 conditions showing mixed evidence of its efficacy.

In particular, research shows acupuncture for menopause related hot flushes and insomnia does work.

We are experienced in the following women’s conditions.

    Sources: Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Menopause. 2015 Feb;22(2):234-44. Dodin S, Blanchet C, Marc I, Ernst E, Wu T, Vaillancourt C, et al. Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013(7):Cd007410. Chen YP, Liu T, Peng YY, Wang YP, Chen H, Fan YF, et al. Acupuncture for hot flashes in women with breast cancer: A systematic review. J Cancer Res Ther. 2016 Apr-Jun;12(2):535-42. Selva Olid A, Martinez Zapata MJ, Sola I, Stojanovic Z, Uriona Tuma SM, Bonfill Cosp X. Efficacy and Safety of Needle Acupuncture for Treating Gynecologic and Obstetric Disorders: An Overview. Med Acupunct. 2013 Dec 1;25(6):386-97.

    Sources: Chiu HY, Hsieh YJ, Tsai PS. Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar;127(3):507-15. Bezerra AG, Pires GN, Andersen ML, Tufik S, Hachul H. Acupuncture to Treat Sleep Disorders in Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.  2015;2015:563236.

    Sources: Selva Olid A, Martinez Zapata MJ, Sola I, Stojanovic Z, Uriona Tuma SM, Bonfill Cosp X. Efficacy and Safety of Needle Acupuncture for Treating Gynecologic and Obstetric Disorders: An Overview. Med Acupunct. 2013 Dec 1;25(6):386-97. Close C, Sinclair M, Liddle SD, Madden E, McCullough JE, Hughes C. A systematic review investigating the effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for the management of low back and/or pelvic pain (LBPP) in pregnancy. J Adv Nurs. 2014 Aug;70(8):1702-16. Liddle SD, Pennick V. Interventions for preventing and treating low-back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015(9):Cd001139.

    Sources: Smith CA, Crowther CA, Grant SJ. Acupuncture for induction of labour. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013(8):Cd002962. Mollart LJ, Adam J, Foureur M. Impact of acupressure on onset of labour and labour duration: A systematic review. Women Birth. 2015 Sep;28(3):199-206.

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