Alternative help for mood swings
Acupuncture and Chinese Traditional medicine
The British Acupuncture Council say that acupuncture may help menopausal symptoms by regulating hormones, and raising endorphins for the feel-good factor. A practitioner will compile an individual treatment plan addressing your hormone imbalance.
Many studies conclude 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 care how it works just that it has. Watch our Hot Flush vlog with Gail Newton, an acupuncturist who treats many menopause sufferers with a combination of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture - Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Menopause Relief
Smells can be mood-enhancing, helping the brain to produce endorphins. Try these essential oils burnt in an oil burner, dropped onto a tissue, added to hot water to make a vapour or added to a bath to soothe and relax:
- Lavender: calming properties may help enhance sleep and relaxation, soothe the mind and body.
- Frankincense: promotes relaxation and a sense of peace, satisfaction, and serenity. Good for anxiety
- Ylang Ylang: helps to reduce tension and stress
- Orange: potent, citrusy scent, may boost energy and lift mood
- Vanilla: linked to reducing anxiety.
An aromatherapist or a reputable essential oils supplier will be able to advise you on the safest way to use these oils (many cannot be applied directly to the skin without being mixed with a base oil)