Hot flashes are one of the menopausal symptoms in women. They can be associated with anxiety, nausea, tachycardia, and tachypnea, as well as pressure in the head and chest. Night sweats can be severe enough to cause sleep disturbance. The physiology of hot flashes is not clear in detail, but probably involves the core body temperature, neuromodulators, and peripheral vasculature and sweat glands. Women with hot flashes have an increased core temperature and a reduced thermoneutral zone compared with women without flashes. Decrease in estrogen production during the menopausal transition is related with vasomotor symptoms. Decreased endogenous estrogen concentrations also decrease hypothalamic β-endorphins and serotonin that lead to an instability in the hypothalamic thermoregulatory centre. When the set point in the thermoregulatory center is suddenly lowered, reactions are initiated that decrease body temperature, acting in the same way as when the upper limit of the thermoneutral zone is exceeded. The reduced β-endorphin and serotonin concentrations increase the release of noradrenaline, and this may in turn cause sudden drops in the set point in the thermoregulatory centre in the hypothalamus and elicit inappropriate heat loss. According to this hypothesis, any intervention that increases estrogen, β-endorphin, or serotonin concentrations or decreases noradrenalin levels may be expected to reduce hot flashes.
Acupuncture is effective in reducing the intensity and frequency of hot flashes in women and it has been found to decrease the number of hot flashes by at least 50% The physiological processes involved in acupuncture treatment are not fully known, however acupuncture increases central β-endorphin activity and also affects serotonin and noradrenalin activity in the central nervous system and thus has the potential to influence the thermoregulatory centre, making it more stable and decrease vasomotor symptoms. Other factors of importance may include changes in autonomic nerve functioning and may affect hormones such as cortisol, oxytocin, neuropeptides as β-endorphin, serotonin, and cytokines and alterations in collagen network communication. Acupuncture may also have peripheral effects and cause the release of substance P, vasoactive intestinal peptide, and CGRP.
Some studies have shown a decreased activity, measured by fMRI, in the amygdala and hypothalamus, when acupuncture is given. It seems possible that during an incident of hot flashes there is a high neuronal activity in the hypothalamus and that acupuncture may reduce this activity, perhaps mediated by increased β-endorphin release and decreased noradrenalin activity.
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Based at Kensington and Harley Street Central London.Qualified as a medical doctor in Western medicine over 20 years ago in China with a Medical degree from Beijing, China and a PhD degree from the UK. Many year research and clinical experiences
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- My specialised areas include fertility for women and men, facial rejuvenation, acne, various pain conditions, chronic fatigue and hormone regulation with acupuncture treatment.
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2 min walk from High Street Kensington underground stationHarley Street: for appointments at Harley Street please call ALO clinic at 02076368845 or email at firstname.lastname@example.orgAddressSuite 3 Harmont House20 Harley Street, London W1G 9PH5 min walk from Oxford Circus underground stationMy background: I became a qualified medical doctor in Western medicine 20 years ago in China and was well trained in Western medicine together with Chinese medicine in the best Medical University in Beijing, China. Also I was trained with Dr Zheren Xuan--famous orthopedics expert and founder of soft tissue surgery in China. I am dedicated to treat patients with acupuncture and am recognized as one of the world leading acupuncture specialists.
I obtained a PhD degree in the University of Leeds in the UK.
I had post doctoral training and worked as a senior researcher in St George's hospital, London, UK.
I had frequently presented my research findings in the top international conferences in the field.
I have many publications including ebooks and articles.
I have many year clinical experiences. Over the years of practicing, I have developed unique treatment approaches for infertility, skin aging, acne, vulvodynia, neck pain, headache, migraine, shoulder pain, back pain, fatigue, hot flushes, Parkison's disease etc to achieve best treatment results. My devotion and skills are highly praised by my patients.
- My books--Know your ovary to get pregnant
- ----------------Get pregnant fast naturally
- ----------------Facial Aging, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
- ---------------Acne treatment with acupuncture
- ---------------Vulvodynia, is vulval pain in your mind?
- ---------------Know your fallopian tubes and uterus to get pregnant
- ---------------Energy, fatigue and acupuncture
- ---------------Know sperm to boost male fertility
- ---------------Headaches, Neck pain and Shoulder pain