Acupuncture for Menopause
Acupuncture for Menopause in WestchesterThe challenge of menopause may create extra stress for women especially if they are highly active. The symptoms can stop some women in their tracks bringing with it added anxiety and depression. In the past, many doctors treated menopausal symptoms as mental instability, diminishing a woman’s bodily changes with a diagnosis of hysteria. Today menopause treatment is approached by traditional medicine using hormone therapy, anti-anxiety medications and prescribed pain treatments. At Integrated Med Solutions (IMS) acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can treat menopause with a similar approach using energy, herbal, supplemental, dietary and homeopathic vibration therapies instead, which are all natural and wholly embraced by the female system.

Acupuncture: Strengthening during Menopause
As Kidney energy is the root of all yin and yang (healthy movement of a balanced constitution), it is no wonder that acupuncture concentrates on specific kidney point locations. Dr. Lisanti of IMS uses these points to maintain copacetic energy transference strengthening the viscera that has entered a stage of stagnation and imbalance while the body re-adjusts towards hormonal equilibrium. These points include: KI3 (Taixi) between the ankle bone and the Achilles’ tendon which tonifies the kidneys and relieves lower back pain; KI7(Fuliu) just above KI3 which alleviates hot flashes and night sweats; KI10 (Yingu) located behind the knee in the popliteal crease which resolves dampness and damp heat benefitting the kidneys and relieving pain; and SP6 (Sanjinyiao) which is a popular female point that includes beneficial tonification of spleen strength, smooth qi flow, dampness resolution and calming the mind. This point is the crossing point of Spleen, Kidney and Liver.

Botanical Medicine: Herbs for Later Life Hormonal Challenges
Many prescribed traditional medical remedies originate in botanical medicine. Women discovered many of these through nature and tribal shaman. One Classical Chinese herbal remedy for menopause is Dong Quai (Angelica). This unique herb contains coumarin which acts as an anti-coagulant, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory which are all related to female hormonal change. Other useful herbs possibly used by Dr. Lisanti include black cohosh, wild yam and evening primrose oil.

Clinical Nutrition: To Eat or Not to Eat
At IMS a powerful dietary adjustment is recommended for menopausal symptoms which targets caffeine, white flour, dairy and processed foods as impeding this delicate change. Instead, fresh green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds (in particular flaxseed) and legumes all contribute to an easier transition under the guidance of Dr. Lisanti.

Nutraceutical Supplementation: Vitamins and More
Specific dosages of additional supplements will also strengthen your system during menopause. Increasing things like Vitamin C, magnesium, Vitamin D, Omega-3 and more will increase immune response and also alleviate mental challenges.

By visiting IMS and consulting with Dr. Lisanti to weigh out your options it will give you the empowerment you need during menopause. Your quality of life will enhance without having you suffer through these sometimes extreme physical and mental changes alone. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you.  In many cases, insurance covers portions of the treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980  914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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