Did you catch last weeks post on “Alternative & Natural Remedies for Menopause”? If not, be sure and check it out.
3 Alternative & Natural Methods for Menopause Relief
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese medicine, and is a natural medicine that involves the insertion of special needles into the skin and is more than 2,500 years old. Acupuncture is used to alleviate pain and treat various physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings are thought to be relieved among women who receive acupuncture on a regular basis. In a study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, Turkish researchers evaluated 53 menopausal women, of which 27 were given acupuncture treatments two times per week for a total of ten weeks. The needles were placed on acupoints in the body that stimulated the release of endorphins and natural energy. The remaining women were given a placebo treatment with blunted needles. At the end of the study, the women who had been receiving the genuine acupuncture
treatments showed lower scores in intensity of hot flashes and mood swings as compared to subjects receiving the placebo, and these numbers progressively improved over the treatment period.
Researchers felt that the effect on endorphins might curb hot flashes by stabilizing the body’s internal temperature controls. It is assumed that mood swings are alleviated by the endorphins released, as they are mood boosting. Moreover, acupuncture can help to improve the body’s ability to adapt to stress. Feeling less stress can help contribute to a better night’s sleep and fewer instances of insomnia. Not waking with night sweats from hot flashes also contributes to less insomnia and better sleep.
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Hypnosis is a process that induces a state of consciousness where the subject no longer has the power of voluntary action and becomes responsive to the power of suggestion. Studies have shown hypnosis to be very effective for hot flashes and night sweats.
Researchers at Baylor University’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory found that hypnosis reduced hot flashes by as much as 74%! The study included a total of 187 postmenopausal women who reported experiencing at minimum of 7 hot flashes each day. Half of the women in the group were trained to do self-hypnosis, which consisted of 5 sessions per week each lasting 45 minutes. The researchers gave the
subjects suggestions for mental imagery, such as images of a cool place, which were designed to reduce the intensity of hot flashes. This group also received a recording of the hypnotic induction so they could do
self-hypnosis daily on their own.
The other half of the women were given an equal number of sessions with a clinician but were not given hypnosis training. Instead, their symptoms were discussed and the clinician gave them encouragement on how to deal with the symptoms. These women were also given a recording to listen to every day at home, but their recording contained information on hot flashes as opposed to a self-hypnosis program. At the end of twelve weeks, the women who performed hypnosis enjoyed a 75% reduction in hot flashes and skin sensor tests showed a 57% reduction. The control group reported only 17% fewer hot flashes and skin sensor tests showed just a 10% reduction. The women who were treated with hypnosis reported fewer incidence of hot flashes and fewer instances of such interfering with their sleep or day-to-day living.
Slow deep breathing exercises are a great way to relief stress. Deep breathing reduces the release of stress hormones and promotes the relaxation response within the body.
To practice deep breathing, it is necessary to take slow, smooth, and deep breaths. The aim is to move the diaphragm as deep breaths are taken. Studies have shown that slow deep breathing exercises practiced for 20 minutes three times a day can provide relief from hot flashes as well as anxiety that is caused by menopause. This practice is most effective if it is started at the onset of hot flashes, but can be effective within a few weeks for women who have been experiencing hot flashes for a while and are looking for new ideas to alleviate them. Deep breathing is considered to be a generally safe and risk-free mind-body approach to enhance relaxation and reduce hot flashes. To learn more about the benefits of deep breathing, check Dr. Andrew Weil’s, “Breathing: The Master of Self Healing”. Simply Click Here Now.