Alternative Therapies For Menopause
ACUPUNCTURE – This is an ancient Chinese medicine system which is based on “life force” energy or “Qi”. A qualified acupuncturist aims to balance the body’s energy along pathways called meridians. This is aided by the insertion of very fine needles into the pathways. Acupuncture is thought to raisethe levels of endorphins in the brain which may help with the function of the temperature controlling centre.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE – This technique, developed by an Australian actor, is a method of adopting the ultimate posture to allow good breathing technique and help energy flow. This creates “postural harmony” which allows body and mind spiritual freedom. Although there is no evidence of the effect of the Alexander technique specifically on menopausal symptoms, the breathing technique of paced respiration has been shown to reduce hot flushes.
AROMATHERAPY – Essential oils are produced from different parts of aromatic plants. They are then concentrated and their properties become more potent. They can be used blended in carrier oils before coming in contact with skin. The smell or inhalation of them also has an effect. The oils can be used in the bath, or for massage.
BERGAMOT reduces depression
CHAMOMILE like the tea can aid a feeling of calm
CLARY SAGE is useful for PMS
FENNEL helps alleviate water retention
GERANIUM has a regulation effect and can help with anxiety and feelings of restlessness
JASMINE helps with depression tension and anxiety
JUNIPER has a detoxifying effect.
LAVENDER is useful in aiding sleep
ROSEMARY helps prevent fluid retention when used regularly for massage.
There are many others and best used in the hands of an experienced therapist-check for qualifications and years of experience. The whole feeling is most enjoyable when combined with a good massage technique. Although little is known about the effect of aromatherapy specifically on menopausal symptoms, any therapy which allows you valuable “timeout” is an investment in yourself and will help you cope with the menopause better.
HOMEOPATHY – Homeopathy consists of the use of minute doses of a medicine which has matching characteristics to the patient’s symptoms, to stimulate healing processes and reduce or eliminate the symptoms and the disorder. Studies have shown a beneficial effect on menopausal symptoms. Try to get good quality advice from a trained HOMEOPATHIST – often there will be a GP in your practice or area that has been trained.
HYPNOSIS – Devotees report great successes to menopausal symptoms when using hypnosis. Ensure that you always research your chosen practitioner and find them on a professional register of hypnotherapist who specialise in health issues.
MAGNETIC THERAPY – Magnetic therapy has been used for many years for problems such as joint aches, stiffness and general aches and pains. Magnetic fields are thought to enhance the natural process of healing, perhaps by improvement in circulation, an effect on nerve signals or a change in cells involved in healing.
REFLEXOLOGY – This is a gentle therapy stimulating, massaging and putting pressure on the feet and sometimes the hands. A trained reflexologist uses their skill to pinpoint “reflex points” which correspond to different parts of the body or function.
YOGA – The discipline of yoga promotes stretching, deep breathing and relaxation which are helpful for all areas of health. It is likely that yoga may have a broad impact on coping with menopausal changes and improving well-being rather than specifically controlling hot flushes. Try to find out what classes are available locally to you. There are a few different types of yoga, so do not give up if the first one does not suit you.