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Could acupuncture be beneficial for peri menopause ?

We publish a fact sheet on menopause

which is refreshingly candid about the chances of treating menopausal symptoms, and refers to a number of papers which seem to provide encouraging results. One of the main reasons which bedevils the results of research is that the treatment is often compared to a 'sham' treatment, and both generate better results than the control group. As a consequence the treatment is said to be 'no better than sham' and all down to a placebo effect. We, however, would say that there is no such thing as 'sham' acupuncture; sticking needles anywhere will generate a result, and it's the difference between good and better treatment. As one of our medical colleagues said, if sham treatment is better than conventional treatment, who cares how it works, just use it!

In  essence, though, we have to say that traditional Chinese medicine has been addressing the problems of the menopause for over 2000 years, and over that time has looked in enormous detail at the kind of energetic changes which occur at this time of life. Interpreting these against the backdrop of the patient's constitutional energy is where the skill of the practitioner lies. This is more than just deciding out of the five causes for a symptom which specific treatment will work best. Chinese medicine treats the person, not the condition, and simply picking off the symptom while leaving the overall balance untreated will in many cases mean that the symptom returns. This is why we are quite concerned about people learning formula treatment for named conditions; sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, and when they don't people wrongly conclude that acupuncture treatment does not work.

The best advice we can offer is that you visit a BAcC member local to you for a brief face to face assessment of what may be possible. Most members do not charge for a short interview, and face to face they can give you a much better idea than we can at a distance of what may be possible. A postcode search facility on our home page will identify the practitioners nearest to where you live and work.

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