The what, when and why of hot flashes:
- Hot flashes are one of the most common symptom of hormone imbalance and last for an average of 4 years.
- Approximately 70% of women will experience hot flashes and night sweats.
- Hot flashes may last between a few seconds and 10 minutes but an average is around 4 minutes. Frequency may be from every hour to a couple of times a week.
- There is a sensation of intense heat. It is difficult to ignore and women having hot flashes often fling open windows to cool down. Flushing and sweating may not be apparent to the observer but the sufferer tends to be very self-conscious of the affliction.
- General medical advice is:
- Get regular exercise, wear lighter weight clothing, sleep in a cooler room, and reduce stress.
- Avoid possible triggers, such as spicy foods, caffeine, smoking, and alcohol.
Acupuncture to treat hot flashes
As well as taking this advice, another option is to receive acupuncture, which is well recognized for reducing the internal heat of menopause.
Two recent studies published in the British Medical Journal indicate that acupuncture works well for cooling down the intensity of hot flashes and reducing their frequency.
At a time when the body is undergoing numerous physical and emotional changes, acupuncture can help smooth the transition, providing relief from symptoms as well as an improved sense of well being.
If you would like to find out if acupuncture could help you through menopause with ease, please call 604-974-8999 and book you appointment with Sarah, registered acupuncturist.