Acupuncture and Menopause

Article by
Mary Fletcher Burke.

Acupuncture is a natural treatment for menopause, it will reduce hot flushes, anxiety, mood swings, and correct emotional and hormonal imbalances.

Acupuncture can help greatly with hot flushes

Acupuncture can help greatly with hot flushes

Approach to menopause

Acupuncture is a gentle, natural, non-evasive and effective way to deal with the symptoms of menopause. Acupuncture balances menopausal symptoms, by balancing hormones, reducing hot flushes, insomnia and irritability and by inducing better sleep. It will improve your quality of life and inspire you to take a positive perspective on the changes happening in your life.

Traditional Chinese Medicine views the menopause as a natural occurrence. It is said to be brought about by a deficiency of yin. Throughout our life we expend Yin by work, stress, grief, giving birth, taking care of others illness and just general day to day living. This means that your body is not as efficient at balancing your natural rhythms of cooling, calming, moistening, leaving us with symptoms we describe as irritated, hot flushes, anxiety, not sleeping and generally feeling out of balance and not quite ourselves.

Although in general terms the main principal of treatment is to nourish yin. Acupuncture does not treat any two people alike, your acupuncturist will take your medical and emotional history and put together a treatment protocol recognising that the symptoms you are feeling will change at each visit.

As menopause can occur at any age this can be, for some, a time of heightened emotions, your acupuncturist will help you to understand the physical and emotional symptoms you are feeling. She will help you to create a self-care programme that suits your lifestyle and work with you to take conscious action to overcome and self-manage your symptoms of menopause

“This is a time to be gentle with your-self and rebuild your energy reserves” 

What is acupuncture?

The classical Chinese explanation for acupuncture is that our bodies contain channels of energy that run in regular patterns throughout our body and over its surface. These energy channels are called meridians, like rivers flowing through your body, they irrigate and nourish your tissues. These meridians lines can become obstructed by emotional or physical trauma much like a landslide that obstructs the flow of a river.

To re-establish the regular flow of energy or Chi through the meridians, very fine needles are inserted into acupuncture points along the meridians to regulate your energy flow and unblock obstructions or stagnant energy this activates your body’s natural healing to correct imbalances in your body’s systems.  

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. 

Mary Fletcher-Burke

Mary Fletcher Burke Dip Acu, ITEC.,MAFPA.,METCMA  is a highly experienced acupuncturist and offers precise treatments for correcting both physical and emotional imbalances. Her preferred course of treatment for menopause is to combine your acupuncture treatment with Reiki energy work and aromatherapy in order to help you achieve both wellness and balance.

Her clients feel extremely supported through their transition back to health, an important part of the recovery process. Mary is a certified practitioner in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and has received specialist training at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in China.

Treatments are carried out in a safe, nurturing environment, which helps to support your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Acupuncture treatments are covered by private healthcare such as VHI and Aviva. Please check your plan.

Mary also offers talks on The Art of Healing, Womens Natural Health

Mary offers day and evening appointments in Dublin 24 and Dublin 12 



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Useful links Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association

Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ireland. The AFPA was established in 1987 and is responsible for the regulation and maintenance of a Register of Acupuncturists who work within the guidelines set out in 2006 by the Department of Health and Children. Our members are graduates from many Colleges in Ireland and abroad and all are bound by a Code of Ethics and Practice which is strictly enforced by the AFPA.

The ACI is the only large Independent Professional Register of Acupuncturists in Ireland set up under the auspices of the Department of Health and Children. All our members are interviewed and their qualifications and insurance verified before becoming members of the ACI. All our members are bound by a Code of Ethics and Code of Practice, which is strictly enforced by the Executive Committee of the ACI, thus offering a guarantee of confidence to any patient seeking treatment.


“I was feeling completely out of balance and stressed out from my work. I was beginning to feel hot flushes and found myself anxious and panicked and waking up at night. I slept really well even after my first treatment and felt more relaxed and in control”

“I was not sleeping very well and never made it through the night I would wake up from the heat I didn’t feel refreshed after a sleep and my motivation had all but left me. I had constant negative mind chatter and felt anxious and overwhelmed. I found it difficult to relax during my first treatment, but subsequent treatments helped me feel much more calm and the hot flushes and anxiety subsided.”

“Thank you so much for my treatment today. I feel so much more at peace after it. I did wake up during the night, but I found it much easier to fall asleep without any aids. See you next week.”

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