Acupuncture for Menopause



A 53 year old woman came into the center with pain in her upper to lower back, hip, and leg, that had been an ongoing problem for 20 years since she gave birth to her first child.  The pain in her body was manifested as a burning sensation throughout.  She had trouble sleeping, finding herself waking every 2 hours. This suppressed her overall energy. The pain was tolerable until 5 years ago when she began menopause.  She still experience menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.  The only solution given to her for the pain at the time was physical therapy. She saw her physical therapist for 6 months with no improvements. Immediately after the 1st acupuncture session at HolliBalance Well-being Center, the burning sensation was significantly reduced and she could perform regular stretches without feeling any severe pain.  She could sleep through the night for 5 hours not waking up in between.  Her energy level has improved drastically as well!  She now rarely gets hot flashes.


A 52-year-old hairdresser, going through Menopause, has familial high cholesterol and has had a triple-bypass surgery.  Since her surgery, she has gained 35 pounds from medication, Menopause, and not exercising properly.  She, also, has a permanent clogged artery in her upper back and due to her work she develops a lot of tension in her back.  She tried to use the treadmill but she feels that it is too harsh on her body, leading to shortness of breath.  When she tried weight lifting she was successful in losing some weight; however, her back felt worse as it caused tension in her shoulders. She has some cravings for sweets and chocolates, especially York Peppermint Patties.  She also craves carbohydrates, such as breads and pastas. 

After coming to HolliBalance Well-Being Center, she started doing a combination of acupuncture, customized herbal formula, and Tai Chi.  The customized herbal formula helped curb her cravings for sweets and carbohydrates.  The acupuncture helped her Menopausal symptoms by reducing her hot flashes and night sweats.  She now does not have night sweats and only rare incidences of hot flashes.  After one acupuncture treatment, her upper back pain from the clogged artery and muscle tension due to her work has almost disappeared.  Sometimes at the end of the day she feels tightness in that area, but it is easily reduced by the exercises Dr. Song has taught her.  Acupuncture also helped her metabolism in combination with the abdominal exercises taught by Dr. Song, she feels her waist line has reduced after a month.  She lost 12 pounds during the first month! 


A 56-year-old woman had been having indigestion, hiccupping and constant burping for one year.  Along with this she had been having a dull ache along the esophagus and stomach.  She also has a history of constipation, wakes up frequently at night, and has been recently going through menopause causing hot flashes and night sweats.  To help her sleep better she had been prescribed Ambien.

She told Dr. Yi Song that she drank a lot of ice tea and Dr. Song recommended that she stop drinking cold drinks.  After the first acupuncture treatment, she stopped drinking cold drinks and her burping improved  50%.  Then with just three acupuncture treatments and customized herbal formula, the pain along the esophagus and stomach was gone.  Her burping reduced to just a little at night time.  Her menopausal symptoms and constipation have improved tremendously.  She has been able to discontinue taking Ambien and can sleep through the night.