Menopause in a woman is the time when she started to have cessation of her ovulation. It is marked by the stopping of menstruation between the ages of 48 and 52, however, the signs and symptoms may start as early as 35. Menopausal syndrome severity may vary from patient to patient and range from mild to severe, which is due to acclimatization of their bodies to the decreasing levels of oestrogen. The main signs and symptoms of menopause are: hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, mood swings, memory loss, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and weight gain:
In western medicine, the treatment of menopausal syndrome is by hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). However, much controversy and debate have been carried out on benefits and risk of HRT. Although HRT may treat hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis, but it can increase the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer and have other side-effects. However, Chinese acupuncture has long known that it has a place in health and vitality of woman's lifetime by restoring balance within the body and supporting the natural production of essential hormones.