Acupuncture For Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are caused by a kidney yin deficiency in Chinese medicine theory. As you age, your kidney energy naturally declines. You have kidney yin and kidney yang. The yang is the hot energy and the yin is the cool energy. When your yin is too weak, you get too hot and get hot flashes or just feel hot.
There are specific acupuncture points that can relieve a kidney yin deficiency and stop hot flashes. Kidney 6, on the ankle, is specific to stop hot flashes.
Please be patient when you have hot flashes. Although you will want to kill your acupuncturist because it takes a while to get relief, please refrain from doing this.
Your kidney yin can take up to 3 months to be restored. Please give it some time and continue your treatment. It is very important to include yin tonic herbs. If you are over 60, it can take up to a year to recover from a kidney yin deficiency. It depends on how bad you are. You can usually get the hot flashes under control in a month, they will be reduced, but not gone completely.
That is your kidney meridian. The point below your medial malleolus, which is he big round bone on the inside of your ankle, is your Kidney 6 point. You will also be treated with other acupuncture points such as Spleen 6, which is also on your ankle. The strongest acupuncture points on the body are located on the extremities. That is why it is often not necessary to disrobe unless you need a treatment for pain that is under your clothes.