Menopause is the natural end of a woman's periods. Acupuncture has been found to be around 90% effective in treating menopause symptoms. Menopause can happen naturally, or it can come about as the result of surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. It is caused by damage to or removal of the ovaries.
During menopause, a woman has lower levels of estrogen and progestin in her system. From a TCM perspective, it comes about due to the decline in life energy, called Jing, and causes an imbalance between Yin and Yang. At this phase of her life, a woman's body begins to conserve blood and energy to sustain her vitality. Excess Yang can lead to hot flashes, restlessness, mood swings, heart palpitations, water retention, cold hands/feet, weight gain, and swelling.