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Tips for Better Mood & Energy in Perimenopause…

Perimenopause is lasting a while for many women.

…Sometimes Perimenopause lasts longer than 5 years.

 

Common Symptoms:

  • Easily stressed
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Low Energy 
  • Poor Sleep
  • Mind fog

 

Stressed out more?

Hot flashes can start happening during the daytime, night time or both. 

 

Mood swings may look like depression or anxiety or both.

Weight gain usually occurs-especially around the middle (the cardiovascular “danger” zone).

 

Energy may decrease.

Sleep can get worse and feeling “tired and wired” can make it hard to fall asleep.

 

Brain fog can make it hard to concentrate at work or in keeping track of appointments, etc.

 

 

Prevention can go a long way…

So, you may as well take care of yourself early-on…

 

Tips for Self-Care:

  • Easy-going Movements
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditate
  • Herbs
  • Diet

Easy-going movements like Walking, Yoga, Tai chi/ Qi gong can help ease us out of Fight-or-Flight mode. Yoga, especially relaxing types such as Yin Yoga can prove helpful during Perimenopause. 

 

Avoiding alcohol, especially if it causes hot flashes or disturbs sleep is a good idea.

I am not saying you need to remove it forever. Just edit it out for a bit to see how you feel.

Maybe you add it back in once the storm has passed.

I routinely like to remove things from life when they are not working for me.

Try it out and see!

 

Meditation is proven, like acupuncture to move you from the Fight or Flight Sympathetic Nervous System,

to the Rest and Digest Parasympathetic “Relaxed” Nervous System.

In fact, both are proven through research to help lower high blood pressure!

Both Meditation practice and Acupuncture are able to help relax the Nervous System!

 

Many herbs can be helpful for balancing the body’s hormones and diet is of course, always key to health.

I try to eat a “Low Inflammation” diet as much as possible.

 

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Thanks for Reading!

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats pain, energy, and digestion successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Four Ways Acupuncture Helps Hot flashes and Night Sweats

  1. Triggers more positive mood (by activating endorphin pathways)-May help you deal better with symptoms!
  2. Decreases secretion of calcitonin (neuropeptide that causes vasodilation) *vasodilation triggers warm body temperature
  3. Increases melatonin  
  4. Prompts Your Body to Return back to Homeostasis *Homeostasis= condition of optimal functioning for an organism

Most Patients suffering with hot flashes report less frequency and less intense symptoms after acupuncture.

 

How Acupuncture Helps Hot Flashes

Acupuncture triggers a more positive mood by activating endorphin pathways. Patients can move from anxiety, depression and irritability to feeling chill and relaxed.

Acupuncture prompts the body to decrease vasodilation in order to reduce heat and perspiration in the body, helping the individual both day and night.

Acupuncture increases Melatonin, the sleep hormone necessary for sound sleep. Melatonin is disturbed during hot flashes and night sweats occurring at night.

This is why many get acupuncture for Insomnia!

 

Acupuncture helps the body return to its natural, healthy state of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the condition of optimal functioning for an organism.

Another example of this is when acupuncture lowers blood pressure in someone with high blood pressure.

 

Read How Acupuncture Helps High blood Pressure Here

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats energy, digestion and fertility issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Applying Essential oil to Acupuncture Points for Sleep:

Sometimes I like to apply peppermint or lavender essential oil to the bottoms of the feet on K-1 acupuncture point.

(see last post on Acupuncture Points to Massage at Home for Sleep)

 

Using a cotton ball or a cotton swab can avoid getting the oil into your eyes later!

Trust me-avoiding peppermint oil in the eyes will also ensure better sleep.

 

Massaging the essential oil into the soles of your feet at this point helps bring the “Qi” or energy down from the head

(over-thinking) and into the feet. This can help us to feel more grounded and relaxed and ready for sleep. 

 

Also, I believe the sheer ritual of rubbing oil into the feet can be soothing to the mind.

It is almost like the mind can relax in knowing we are taking care of the body and it is okay to stop thinking now.

This is why it is part of my bedtime routine.

 

Many of my patients ask which brand I use…I like to use Aura Cacia brand for essential oils since they are mostly organic and are a local MN company (support local). I also really like Posumon Chinese herbal peppermint oil.

This is what I use in treatments.

Po sum on Chinese herbal peppermint oil can be ordered for purchase, if you would like.

 

*Carrier Oils to use with essential oils:

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Castor oil (hexane-free)

I like to use castor oil for feet and hair and sometimes add a bit to my facial oil.

Just be sure to use unrefined and organic oils.

*Carrier oils are used to “carry” the essential oil.

This is what the bulk amount of oil is made of in essential oil remedies.

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats energy, digestion and fertility issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960