Menopause by Steve Coster

The menopause is a natural process that all women will go through at some point in their life and their experience will be unique to them.

In India women have no symptoms other than menstrual changes. Whereas in Japan and Nigeria women only report having shoulder stiffness; and in Hong Kong women only seem to suffer with joint and muscle problems.

In the UK however the most common menopausal symptoms are hot flashes and night sweats.

As an acupuncturist, let me first make clear that when I am helping women going

through the menopause, I am not ‘curing’ them, but rather helping them cope

with the symptoms of a natural process.

Acupuncture can help with many of the common symptoms of Menopause:


 Hot flushes

 Night sweats

 Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex

 Difficult sleeping

 Low mood or anxiety

 Reduced sex drive (libido)

 Problems with memory and concentration

 Urinary Tract Infection

 Frozen Shoulder

Menopause is not a sudden event, but a gradual physiological process

throughout a woman’s lifetime. From a Chinese Medicine perspective,

menopausal symptoms are generally due to a decline in Kidney essence in its Yin

and Yang aspect. But this basic pathology is nearly always complicated by other

imbalances – Dampness, Stagnation of Qi or Blood Stasis.

Emotional stress is an extremely important cause of menopausal problems, building up over many

years. Worry, anxiety and fear weaken the Kidneys which lead to Yin depletion,

especially when these symptoms occur against a background of overwork.

With this in mind, Acupuncture can be extremely relaxing.

If you would like to know more about how acupuncture can help you with your

menopause symptoms, please do contact me.

Steve Coster


I initially consulted Steve regarding treatment for my knee arthritis as

acupuncture is one of the few complimentary therapies recommended by

Arthritis Research UK.  Almost immediately I noticed that my menopause

symptoms (brain fog, hot flushes etc) were reducing.  After 8 treatments over a

period of 4 month, my sleep has improved and my menopause symptoms have

gone. My knee is slowly improving and I have been able to make a cautious

return to running.


Karen Revivo