The summary, written by acupuncturists and menopause specialists, Katherine Berry and Natalie Chandra Saunders, found acupuncture effective for hot flashes, depression, anxiety, and insomnia, all of which commonly affect menopausal women. The study, published on 29th March 2021, also found evidence that acupuncture can offer protection against chronic, post-menopausal health conditions, including osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Menopause is associated with a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. Currently, the most common treatment is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, many women are reluctant to use this medication since the Women’s Health Initiative study revealed potential dangers, including an increased risk of cancer, stroke, and pulmonary embolism. Therefore, many are now seeking alternatives and acupuncture is an excellent option. It can also act as an effective add-on therapy for those already taking HRT or other medicines.
Despite its far-reaching benefits, many women are unaware of precisely how acupuncture can ease the most common menopausal symptoms. There are also few acupuncturists specializing in this particular field of women’s health. The purpose of the summary is to raise awareness for patients and practitioners alike, ultimately aiming to ease the distress and discomfort that millions of women undergo each year.
The full summary can be found free to the public at https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/acupuncture-menopause
Notes to Editors:
Contact: Publication Kath Berry info@TreatingWomen.com ++34 638 423575 (Spain)
Contact: Evidence Based Acupuncture (USA) Mel Hopper Koppelman email@example.com
About the authors:
Katherine Berry, BHSc, MSc, is an acupuncture educator with 20 years clinical experience. Having completed a bachelor’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Australia in 2000, Kath spent time working in several hospitals in China before returning to Australia and completing a Master of Science Research degree. With a passion for enhancing the acupuncture profession through high quality education, networking and mentoring, Kath worked with Balance Health Care and the Journal of Chinese Medicine in the UK from 2008 to 2010, before setting up an online education platform to provide CPD training for acupuncturists all over the world. In 2019, she developed the Menopause Masterclass with eminent acupuncture specialists; their teachings are shared at TreatingWomen.com and are the foundation for an upcoming textbook on menopause, also co-authored by Natalie Chandra Saunders.
Natalie Chandra Saunders, LicAc, graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 2007 and completed further study at Heilongjiang University of TCM in 2012. Following this, Natalie lived in China for three years studying Mandarin, Chinese medicine and Chinese culture. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for writing and she now works as a freelance writer, translator and educator specialising in acupuncture and TCM. Natalie is the author of several published articles and her first book, The Qi of Tea, which is a discussion of the history and use of tea in TCM. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to the study of menopause and age-related disease in TCM, the subject of the new book co-authored with Katherine Berry.