Menopause can cause fluctuations in estrogen production in your body. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including night sweats, hot flashes, and a loss of libido, among others. However, there are many ways to treat loss of libido ranging from as simple as changing your diet to complicated medical procedures. One of the many techniques for treating loss of libido is acupuncture.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to treat many types of health problems, including menopause symptoms and sexual dysfunction. Practitioners of acupuncture believe when your body is experiencing an imbalance of energy, particularly in the heart and kidney systems, you may also experience low libido, infertility, and vaginal dryness.
Upon discovering the source of your particular energy imbalance, certain pressure points are stimulated with needles to correct your body's chemistry and reunite your body and mind.
Is it Scientifically Proven?
Until recently, there was little mainstream interest in acupuncture, despite the large body of testimonials from women touting its many benefits. Recently, researchers have begun studying it and have found some evidence that acupuncture can reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and reduced sex drive. Many other, non-menopausal related health issues have also been studied recently, and acupuncture has been proven effective for an overwhelming majority.
Is it Safe?
Acupuncture, as performed by a licensed practitioner, is safe. It has very few side effects, and a lot of potential benefits. However, be careful of non-licensed practitioners, or of doing it abroad, in places where the health standards aren't as strict. Because needles are used, unlicensed places run the risk of transmitting diseases through needles. However, as long as you are going to a licensed acupuncturist or physical therapist, this should not be a problem.
More Information about Loss of Libido
Loss of libido can vary between women. Some find that they need more time for foreplay, others find that vaginal dryness makes sex painful and become disinterested, while yet others simply lose all sexual drive. Depending on your particular symptoms and the severity of them, there are many options for you, aside from acupuncture. Follow the link to find out more about other ways to treat loss of libido.
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