Acupuncture for Menopausal Syndrome & Hot Flushes

Acupuncture for Menopausal Syndrome & Hot Flushes.

The majority of women will enter menopause in their early 50s and may experience menopause symptoms for 4-5 years on average.

The most prominent symptom of menopause is hot flushes, which affect around 75% of menopausal women. Other menopausal syndrome symptoms include night sweats, emotional vulnerability, sleep disturbances, fatigue, cognitive changes, joint pain, vaginal dryness and loss of sexual desire.

Experiencing strong menopause symptoms can greatly affect a woman's quality of life, relationships, work productivity and her use of health services.

What is our clinical experience?

Based on feedback collected from over 523 initial appointments for Menopause Symptoms, 86% of our patients reported improved quality of life after their first 5 appointments. See our detailed benchmarking statistics.

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What does the research say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for menopausal syndrome & hot flushes.

Consult with our practitioners for personalised care and advice.

Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we cannot claim that any particular treatment may be effective for any individual person.

When you consult with our Chinese medicine practitioners, you'll receive personalised advice and treatment based on your symptoms and Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for menopausal syndrome & hot flushes.

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

2023, Aug 28

Benefits of Soybean in the Era of Precision Medicine: A Review of Clinical Evidence
Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

The study concludes that soybean intake is associated with a reduced risk of certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, and hot flashes, but it can have adverse effects on certain drug treatments and cause allergies.

Kang JH, Dong Z, Shin SH Full Article


2022, Jan 14

Can acupuncture improve sleep quality and anxiety among women during perimenopause?

This study will provide new evidence on the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and depression in perimenopausal women, and provide additional options for clinicians and patients to improve insomnia and anxiety.

Ping Y, Liang C, Fan X, Zhang L, Ying D, Wang Z Full Article


2022, Oct 16

A dietary intervention for vasomotor symptoms of menopause: a randomized, controlled trial
Menopause The North American Menopause Society

The dietary intervention consisting of a plant-based diet and daily soybean consumption significantly reduced the frequency and severity of postmenopausal hot flashes and associated symptoms.

Barnard ND, Kahleova H, Holtz DN, Znayenko-Miller T, Sutton M, Holubkov R, Zhao X, Galandi S, Setchell KDR Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2021, Dec 13

Effect of acupuncture on menopausal hot flushes and serum hormone levels: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture may not decrease hot flush frequency, but yet appears to have similar effects on serum hormone levels as HT, that is, increased E2 and decreased FSH and LH. Considering that no firm conclusions could be drawn due to the low quality and limited number of included trials included, further high-quality RCTs need to be conducted.

Liu C, Wang Z, Guo T, Zhuang L, Gao X Full Article

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

2021, Aug

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza spp.) and jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) formula for menopausal symptoms: Classical records, clinical evidence and experimental data
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Licorice and Jujube formula (LJF), identified as the most common formula for menopausal symptoms in classical Chinese medicine, demonstrated potential improvements in sleep symptoms based on evidence from four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and exhibited sedative, antidepressant-like, estrogenic, and antiprogestogenic actions in experimental studies. However, further research is needed to confirm its clinical effects and guide clinical decision-making.

Coyle ME, Liu J, Yang H, Wang K, Zhang AL, Guo X, Lu C, Xue CC Full Article


2017, Aug 22

Effect of acupuncture on hot flush and menopause symptoms in breast cancer- A systematic review and meta-analysis
PLOS One Public Library of Science

Acupuncture significantly alleviated menopause symptoms, but had no effect on hot flush. Breast cancer patients concerned about the adverse effects of hormone therapy should consider acupuncture. Further large-scale studies that also measure biomarkers or cytokines may help to elucidate the mechanism by which acupuncture alleviates menopause symptoms in patients with breast cancer.

Chien TJ, Hsu CH, Liu CY, Fang CJ. Full Article

Complementary Medicine Research

2017, Oct 12

Acupuncture May Improve Quality of Life in Menopausal Women: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Complementary Medicine Research

Both the total score and the subgroup analysis strongly indicated that acupuncture can alleviate menopause-related symptoms. However, the evidence is not very strong. Thus, further studies about the efficiency of acupuncture on menopausal symptoms based on well-designed trials are needed.

Li W, Luo Y, Fu W, Lei R. Full Article

Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

2016, Aug 15

Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture versus Sham Acupuncture: a Systematic Review
Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto College of Nursing

The evidence gathered was not sufficient to affirm the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture.

Carlos, Luís et al. Full Article


2015, Feb

Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Menopause The North American Menopause Society

This meta-analysis confirms that acupuncture improves hot flash frequency and severity, menopause-related symptoms, and quality of life (in the vasomotor domain) in women experiencing natural menopause.

Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Full Article


2011, May 05

Improvement in HDL cholesterol in postmenopausal women supplemented with pumpkin seed oil: pilot study
Climacteric International Menopause Society

The study concludes that postmenopausal women receiving pumpkin seed oil experienced a significant increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations, a decrease in diastolic blood pressure, and an improvement in menopausal symptom scores, particularly a reduction in the severity of hot flushes, headaches, and joint pains. In contrast, women in the placebo group (receiving wheat germ oil) reported feeling more depressed and having more unloved feelings. This pilot study provides strong evidence supporting the need for further research on the benefits of pumpkin seed oil for postmenopausal women.

Gossell-Williams M, Hyde C, Hunter T, Simms-Stewart D, Fletcher H, McGrowder D, Walters CA Full Article

Yin Tang
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE