Alternative help for anxiety

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Cognitive behavioural support
In their 2015 guidelines, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) concluded it was ‘an effective non-hormonal intervention for managing vasomotor symptoms’ (night sweats and hot-flushes to you and us). CBT aims to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, and includes counselling and advice on sleep and relaxation. A study published by the North American Menopause Society in 2013 found that self-help CBT ‘was as effective as 8 hours of group CBT’.

Your doctor may be able to refer you for CBT on the NHS, or recommend self-help online CBT courses. 

What aromatherapy offers for anxiety
Lavender, lemon balm, geranium and vanilla essential oils are all meant to have a calming effect. Put a couple of drops on a tissue and slowly inhale. 

Homeopathy
Consult an experice homeopath to see which remedies can help to relieve specific symptoms of menopause,including anxiety. 

Acupuncture
The British Acupuncture Council say that acupuncture may help menopausal symptoms by regulating hormones and raising feel-good endorphins. There are lots of studies to say that acupuncture has no discernible effect and that any benefits are purely a placebo effect. Who cares? If you feel better after treatment, you won’t mind how it works just that it has. 

Traditional Chinese medicine
TCM focuses on restoring harmony to an unbalanced system. You can’t argue with the intention, so it may be worth considering? Watch our Hot Flush YouTube vlog with practitioner Gail Newton, explaining how she treats her patients with a combination of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture: Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine & Menopause Relief.

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