How to Manage Your Menopause Symptoms with Acupressure Therapy?
You can reduce your menopause symptoms and menopause anxiety effectively with the acupressure therapy. Acupressure therapy offers faster and more lasting results to manage early, premature or post menopause symptoms. The best side of this alternative therapy is that there are no side effects.
The menopause transition, and post menopause itself, is a natural life change, not a disease state or a disorder. The transition itself has a variable degree of effects: it can be a difficult time of life for some women, less so for others. Even though menopause is a "natural" process, over 85% of women in this country have "problems" with it. Specific areas of concern are the risks and symptoms associated with a decrease in estrogen levels.
Risks include osteoporosis, heart disease, and Alzheimer's, while the symptoms can include hot flashes, moodiness, depression, vaginal dryness, loss of sexual drive, lack of mental clarity, and thinning hair. Press the points on the back of your neck, in the hollows about a finger-width to the right and left of the base of your skull. Hold these points simultaneously for one to three minutes.
Acupressure therapy has been proven to relieve many of the symptoms of menopause including:
- Hot flashes
Acupressure points to help manage menopausal symptoms:
K 1: At the base of the ball of the feet, between the two pads
K 27: In the hollow below the collarbone next to the breast bone
GB 20: Below the base of the skull, in the hollows 2 to 3 inches apart
LI 4: In the webbing between the thumb and index finger at the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index finger are brought close together. This is a forbidden point during pregnancy.
CV 17: On the center of the breast bone, three thumb widths up from the base of the bone.
GV 24.5: Directly between the eyebrows, on the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead.
GV 20: On the crown of the head in an indentation or "soft spot" between the cranial bones. To find, follow the line from the back of the ears to the top of the head.
To use these points, press with firm pressure and hold each point for 1 minute. You can use all of these points, or only some of them, but hold each for a full minute, and many of the menopause symptoms will lessen over time.
More Acupressure points to relieve menopause symptoms
Treat the points for two minutes each, every other day.
a) Using your thumb or fingertip, apply pressure with a firm circling motion to the acupressure point that is half a thumb-width above the wrist crease, on the little-finger side of the forearm.
b) Apply firm stationary pressure using your thumb to the acupressure point that is a thumb-width below the tip of the inside ankle bone.
Recommended and proven ways to help the body move gracefully through menopause are with energy work, nutrition and herbal or natural therapies. This combination can help address many of the symptoms and risks associated with menopause.
Important! Always consult your doctor before trying these or any home remedies. "Natural" does not mean it is safe for everybody.
YouTube video about menopause acupoints: