For some unfathomable reason, the jury remains unconvinced about the benefits of alternative methods and therapy. I, however, remain very open-minded about it all and indeed am among the many women who prefer that alternative route when dealing with menopausal symptoms. I know I should recommend you go to a doctor if you have symptoms you are concerned about and indeed you must go, but in my humble opinion, much can be done to help women going through menopause that comes under the category of ‘alternative therapy’.
I’ve written before about the benefits of acupuncture and I personally have benefitted from that particular treatment. The British Acupuncture Council says:
Acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause by:
regulating serum estradiol, follicle stimulating hormone and luteotrophic hormone (Xia 2008); 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.
Acupuncture may help by 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).
My inbox is regulary filled with emails from women who claim acupuncture helps hugely with hot flushes (as do magnet treatments such LadyCare and other natural treatments along with a change in lifestyle) and how alternative therapies such as reflexology or homeopathy have assisted with a variety of symptoms, so now I am going to throw the ball in your court.
With Ayurvedic and aromatherpic treatments, Reiki and other complimentary therapies there is lot to consider. Please do your homework before you embark on any.
Should you decide to go that route, website Therapy Directory lists practitioners from all over the UK, enabling visitors to find a practitioner close to them and appropriate for their needs. The site has sections on Chinese acupuncture, Massage Therapy and Bowens Technique along with other therapies or treatments and may answer some of your questions.
As they say on their site:
Therapy Directory is a partner site to our very first online support network – Counselling Directory. The idea for Counselling Directory was first kindled when we saw a close friend struggling to find the information required when they were in desperate need of emotional support to help them through a difficult time.
It was then that we realised there was a need for a service collating all of the information needed to help individuals find a suitable practitioner in their local area. After receiving such positive feedback from Counselling Directory, we decided to extend our network of directories to cover other professions, and thus Therapy Directory was born.
Whilst other directories may supply contact details, they often lack clarification of the support each therapist provides and in many cases don’t supply enough information. With Therapy Directory, we have included everything we wish we’d had access to in our times of need, including the following:
-A nationwide database of professional complementary and alternative therapists.
-Full profiles for each practitioner including background information, specialist areas, fees and location.
-A detailed library of fact-sheets featuring information about the various complementary and alternative therapies on offer.
-A comprehensive yet quick and easy search that allows individuals to search by radius and refine using different filters.
-A helpful FAQs section, providing those in need with the answers they require.
-A Useful Articles section in which practitioners can share their views.
-A Latest News section featuring a summary of related media headlines.
-A Therapy Events section for the public and professionals, featuring details of therapy events in your local area.
We believe that by bringing all of this information together, individuals looking for an alternative or complementary therapist will have access to all of the information needed to make a well-informed decision about seeking help.
If you are looking at other ways to deal with menopausal symptoms then this is a good start. Hopefully, you’ll find a treatment that will be right for you.