Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

Acupuncture for hot flashes? Yes!

A recent study published in Acupuncture in Medicine shows that having regular acupuncture twice weekly can help women’s transition into menopause. The study was small but promising. 53 women were divided into 2 groups. The first group received acupuncture treatments twice weekly, while the second group received “sham” acupuncture using blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. Blood draws were taken before the study, as well as before and after the last treatment. They also measured other menopausal symptoms including vaginal dryness and mood swings using a five point menopause rating scale (MRS)*. They found that the women using acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS with the largest decrease in hot flashes. While more investigating needs to be done this study shows great promise on the effectiveness of acupuncture when treating these issues.

TCRA has had great success treating hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause for years.

*The menopause rating scale (MRS) is a measuring system used to rate symptoms on severity using a 5 point rating system of 0 – 4.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Emily Guevara is the clinic director and acupuncturist for our Plano location. A graduate of the prestigious Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Emily has a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. During her four years of acupuncture school she was fortunate to study directly under Kirsten Karchmer, where her true passion and understanding for this field of study started to bloom. She quickly gained expertise in several fields of Chinese medicine, including reproductive acupuncture with a special interest in ovulation disorders. In addition, Emily studied Asian bodywork therapy for three years under the accomplished Dr. Yongxin Fan while earning her acupuncture certification.

While in school, Emily developed a passion and skill for providing treatment to underserved and low-income communities throughout six rewarding months at the People’s Community Clinic and Seton Northwest Community Clinic in Austin. She has since been invited to speak at events for RESOLVE and is currently working towards a certification in Applied Clinical Nutrition. Emily strongly believes many of our existing hormonal dysfunctions stem from a nutritional insufficiency and continues her education and research to better benefit her patients.

For over two years Emily has worked closely and fervently with her well deserving and appreciative patients at TCRA. A valuable element to our family of acupuncturists, she brings with her a blend of traditional and innovative styles of acupuncture. Emily is not only a highly qualified acupuncturist, but also a knowledgeable and passionate individual who brings unique experience to our clinic.