The Managing Menopausal Symptoms program at The Crane Clinic is led by Aine Delaney SRN, who has been treating the symptoms of menopause for over 20 years.
The 6 week program is for anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with menopause and consists of a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition & lifestyle consultations. This program is tailored around your particular circumstances and delivered by therapists, highly trained and experienced.
Acupuncture helps with symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, sleep disturbance, mood change and hot flushes. Most people will experience an improvement, others may need some herbs in conjunction with the treatment. The improvement can last for up to six months, after which some patients may need a “top-up” treatment.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years, typically occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, although it can happen earlier or later. During menopause, a woman’s body produces less oestrogen and progesterone, the hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle and fertility. This hormonal shift can cause a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and difficulty sleeping. Although Menopause is a normal part of ageing, some women may experience symptoms that affect their quality of life, and therefore treatment can be very beneficial.
What does the Programme involve?
The Programme is tailored to individuals based on their first consultation, and is delivered by therapists who are highly trained and experienced in the area of menopausal symptoms. Practitioners will take a patient’s medical history and identify the main concerns and develop a bespoke plan for the patient.
The custom program generally lasts approximately 6 weeks, and may include acupuncture, herbal medication, nutritional and lifestyle advice.
How can Acupuncture help with Menopausal symptoms?
Acupuncture has been found to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, and mood changes. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system, which in turn releases hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate the body’s natural processes. During menopause, the body’s hormonal balance is disrupted, and acupuncture can help to restore this balance by regulating the production of oestrogen and progesterone. It can also help to improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety and depression, and alleviate physical discomfort associated with menopause. Acupuncture is a safe and non-invasive treatment option for menopausal symptoms and can be used in combination with other therapies for maximum benefit.
How can Herbal Medication help with Menopausal symptoms?
Herbal medications can help alleviate the symptoms of menopause. Certain herbs contain compounds that mimic the effects of oestrogen and can help balance hormone levels in the body. For example, black cohosh is a popular herb that is known to help with hot flashes and night sweats by acting as a natural oestrogen replacement. Other herbs like Dong Quai, Chasteberry, and Red Clover are also believed to have estrogenic effects and can help with other menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness and mood swings. Additionally, herbs like St. John’s Wort and Valerian root can help alleviate anxiety and depression, which are common during menopause. Herbal medications are generally considered safe and effective, and our practitioners will provide expert recommendations based on a patient’s individual circumstances.
How can Nutrition help with Menopausal symptoms?
Nutrition can play a crucial role in managing menopausal symptoms and promoting overall health during this stage of life. A balanced diet that includes a variety of foods from all food groups can provide the necessary nutrients and energy needed to support a healthy lifestyle. There are specific nutrients that are important during menopause and our practitioners will help provide nutritional advice to all patients, including other lifestyle best practices to help alleviate symptoms.
To find out more about our Managing Menopausal Symptoms program, contact us to discuss or book an initial consultation.