Hot flashes are a very common occurrence for women around the time of menopause. It is estimated that 50% of perimenopausal women experience hot flashes. Perimenopause refers to the time before a women looses her fertility, this happens for women starting in their mid 30's to into their 40's. At this time the level of women's estrogen levels are rising and falling at uneven rates sometimes resulting in hot flashes usually 1 to 2 years before menopause.
Women before, during and after menopause can experience hot flashes. An estimated 75-85% of postmenopausal women experience hot flashes with some frequency and can last over a period of 6 months to 15 years. The severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes is very individual.
Acupuncture helps to regulate chemicals in the body including hormones. This makes it a very natural therapy to help reduce hot flashes. Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with some form of Hormone Replacement Therapy. Regular acupuncture treatments help to reduce to the frequency and duration of hot flashes!