Menopausal Hot Flushing
There you are, going about your life with confidence and purpose, when all of a sudden you get another hot flush and within moments you’re reduced to a flustered, sweaty mess and wondering if you can get away with stripping off your clothes! For many women this is a sad and common story. Fortunately there are pro-active ways of dealing with these distressing symptoms, beyond the standard medical response of hormone replacement therapy.
Chinese Medicine (CM) has been tending to this condition for many centuries. It has an elaborate system of diagnostic analysis that considers the specific symptoms and body signs that each person presents. The full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine offer a reputable treatment option for the management of menopausal hot flushing.
Damian Carey, our Doctor of Chinese Medicine, has decades of experience treating patients with menopausal disharmonies.
Menopausal Hot Flushing: Level Two - Evidence of Potential Positive Effect Conditions with this level of evidence have moderate support of efficacy, but insufficient to make definitive conclusions. But please keep in mind that ‘insufficient evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!
Menopausal Syndrome: Level Three - Weak or Unclear Evidence of Efficacy This level of evidence is applied to conditions that have not yet shown clear, consistent results. Keep in mind that any single study demonstrating a positive effect is insufficient; it is only after a series of consistent studies that science will draw a positive conclusion. And please also keep in mind that ‘lack of evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!
Perimenopausal & Postmenopausal Insomnia: Level Two - Evidence of Potential Positive Effect Conditions with this level of evidence have moderate support of efficacy, but insufficient to make definitive conclusions. And please keep in mind that ‘insufficient evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!
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