The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman's oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51. Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. Sometimes they can stop suddenly.
Symptoms of the menopause. Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some of these can be quite severe and have a significant impact on your everyday activities. Common symptoms include:
vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
low mood or anxiety
reduced sex drive (libido)
problems with memory and concentration
Menopausal symptoms can begin months or even years before your periods stop and last around four years after your last period, although some women experience them for much longer.
Acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause by:
increasing relaxation and reducing tension (Samuels 2008). Acupuncture can alter the brain's mood chemistry, reducing serotonin levels (Zhou 2008) and increasing endorphins (Han, 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to combat negative affective states.
stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987, Zijlstra 2003, Cheng 2009).
About one in seven people in the UK suffers from migraines, which costs the country about £2.25 billion a year, according to Migraine Action. The condition affects twice as many women as men, and on average, sufferers experience 13 attacks a year, with each lasting between 4 and 72 hours.
Until there is a cure for migraine, finding pain relief and controlling attacks is key. There are a wide range of treatments available, from acute and preventative medications to complementary treatments.
Acupuncture has been endorsed by the British Medical Association as an effective treatment for headache and migraine. Its treatment consists of small fine sterile needles being inserted into your skin at certain points; they may be left in for just a few seconds or for several minutes.
Traditional Chinese acupuncturists will position the needles at various points along the body's energy meridians, according to their assessment of each individual (i.e. different migraineurs could have differently positioned needles).
ACUPUNCTURE AWARENESS WEEK 7th - 13th MARCH 2016. 25% off of the cost of any initial consultation booked in this week for any time in March. Acupuncture Awareness week at *******The Amber Zone clinic in Maidenhead********** The focus of this year's Acupuncture Awareness week is musculoskeletal and sports injury problems. According to research by the British Acupuncture Council almost three in ten Brits (29%) exercise more now than they did ten years ago, but more than half (52%) say they’ve been injured during sport in the past, and one in three (30%) claim to have never recovered from their injuries. To overcome a sporting injury, almost three in five people (56%) say they take oral painkillers, and nearly a third (32%) turn to ice and heat packs, compared to just 11% who opt for traditional acupuncture. Pop into the clinic if you have any questions or, if easier, direct message us!
"My nights are for overthinking, my mornings are for oversleeping." Are you having trouble getting to sleep? Do you find staying asleep difficult? Have you experienced insomnia throughout your life? Are you looking for natural remedies without becoming dependent on medication? Acupuncture can help provide the relief you seek and help you to get a better night’s sleep! Insomnia is one of the more common ailments we treat at Acupuncture Balance. Recently, we have observed an increase in the amount of patients who have reported suffering from this condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine is very effective at treating this issue, yet large portions of the population are unaware of this as an option. We wanted to share some information about what insomnia is, how common it is and how effective acupuncture can be at providing relief. Sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining good health, as every human being requires a sufficient amount of it to function properly. Getting enough quality sleep time can become an issue at some point in almost everyone’s life.
Electro-acupuncture treatment for osteoarthritis on recent patient and her testimonial. J from Maidenhead: "Well, I would not have believed the difference acupuncture could make to osteoarthritis if I hadn't had the treatment myself. After the first session my left hand was so much easier and that improvement has continued. As I am very right-handed I expected the treatment to be a little longer in yielding results but really by third treatment my hand was pretty much back to full, pain free use. For the relief it gives, I certainly intend to continue this form of treatment - in my opinion so much better than pain killers. And as a bonus I feel so relaxed after a session its like a mini holiday break !!"
There have now been many controlled trials of acupuncture for migraine, with some large, high-quality ones in recent years. The results of the latest reviews are quite consistent: acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment/basic care for managing migraine, and appears to be at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, with few contraindications or unpleasant side effects.
In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. These resulting biochemical changes influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and money problems. And, when you feel stressed, it can get in the way of sorting out these demands, or can even affect everything you do.
Some stress can be positive. A certain level of pressure can help you prepare for actions and challenges. However, too much stress, especially over a long period of time, can cause physical and emotional problems.
Many of your body’s control mechanisms happen without you having to think about them. Your automatic stress response to unexpected events is known as your ‘fight or flight’ response.
When you have a shock or perceive something as a threat, your body releases hormones. These are chemicals produced by your body, such as adrenalin, that contribute to your ‘fight or flight’ response. These hormones increase your heart rate and blood pressure so that more oxygen and glucose can get to your muscles. You will also breathe faster and sweat more to cool these muscles down. All of these reactions prepare you to take action to deal with a possible threat.
Modern day stresses, such as money worries or deadlines at work, don’t cause an effective ‘fight or flight’ response like we once required for survival. However, the more often we are exposed to these types of stressors, the more overactive our fight or flight response becomes until we find ourselves operating at fever pitch level, constantly prepared for battle, perceiving potential threats everywhere. That is why people who are over stressed not only show physiological symptoms such as high blood pressure, rapid heart rate or shallow fast breath; they can seem overly sensitive or aggressive. Today many of us don’t take enough physical exercise to ‘burn off’ the effects of our response and we’re left with stress build up. We learn to control our reactions, but this does not counteract the stress response.
Long-term stress can have a negative effect on how you cope with situations and may damage your health.
Are you having trouble getting to sleep? Do you find staying asleep difficult? Have you experienced insomnia throughout your life? Are you looking for natural remedies without becoming dependent on medication?
Acupuncture can help provide the relief you seek and help you to get a better night’s sleep!
Insomnia is one of the more common ailments we treat at Acupuncture Balance. Recently, we have observed an increase in the amount of patients who have reported suffering from this condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine is very effective at treating this issue, yet large portions of the population are unaware of this as an option. We wanted to share some information about what insomnia is, how common it is and how effective acupuncture can be at providing relief.
Sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining good health, as every human being requires a sufficient amount of it to function properly. Getting enough quality sleep time can become an issue at some point in almost everyone’s life.