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  • Writer's pictureRenata Nunes

How Acupuncture can be beneficial for both joint pain and menopausal symptoms

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body contains a balance of two opposing forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, passive principle. Yang represents the hot, excited, active principle. Health is achieved by balancing both and disease comes from an imbalance that leads to a blockage in the flow of QI— the Vital Energy. Acupuncture is intended to remove blockages in the flow of QI and restore and maintain health.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, joint pain occurs from the blockage of the energy circulation at the joint level causing pain and stiffness. There is a decrease in "defence energy" (Wei Qi) and the presence of external factors (wind) that accumulate gradually in the joints. Acupuncture will restore the circulation of energy and then relieve the symptoms of joint pain

In the case of menopause, Traditional Chinese Medicine considers that it is part of the natural process of ageing. Kidney energy maintains the metabolic process and this naturally decreases with age. When the balance between the yin energy of the kidneys and the yang energy "alters," symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, as well as grey hair, dryness and lack of menstruation can occur. Acupuncture treatment aims to restore women's energy balance, restoring the harmony between Yin and Yang.

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