Acupuncture for perimenopause 

Acupuncture Camp Hill

Acupuncture for perimenopause

In Eastern cultures the transition to menopause is revered and respected. In contrast, Western culture often shuns the transition into menopause and we are oftentimes left feeling confused and alone dealing with unbearable symptoms. At Ova Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, our team of degree-qualified practitioners are experienced in supporting people through perimenopause to manage their symptoms and achieve their health goals so you feel less alone.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may support the following symptoms:

  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Hot flushes
  • Anxiety and mood irregularities
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal symptoms including dryness
  • Weight gain

We provide holistic and integrative care to our patients experiencing perimenopausal symptoms to understand the root cause of your condition so we can support you towards better health. Our practitioners are caring and compassionate and will provide a practical and individualised treatment plan to support you on your journey.


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Acupuncture & Perimenopause

The team at Ova Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are here to provide an integrative, heart-centred approach to your health. Our team of degree-qualified practitioners are registered by AHPRA and are committed to providing patient-centred care to our community. We lean on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and marry this with the latest understandings from bio-medicine to provide a holistic and integrative approach to perimenopause support. Our integrative practitioners will interpret blood test results from both the lens of Western and Eastern medicine, and will provide advice on lifestyle, nutrition, supplementation and Chinese herbal medicine.

Oftentimes our patients present to our clinic feeling helpless and like they have tried everything with little to no results. It’s a disheartening feeling to feel lost in regards to your health, and our practitioners always aim to meet our patients exactly where they are, and devise a plan to support them in achieving their goals. For our patients experiencing perimenopause and postmenopause symptoms, we recommend ongoing fortnightly sessions until symptom management has been achieved. Each patient receives a treatment plan and estimated treatment timeline following their initial acupuncture appointment.

Zoe Rankin Ova Acupuncture


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are both claimable through private health insurance depending on your coverage details. 

Acupuncture for Perimenopause

Perimenopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life, signaling the transition from fertility to menopause. This transformative journey often comes with its own set of challenges, from mood swings to hot flashes. While there are various approaches to manage the symptoms, acupuncture has gained attention as a holistic practice that may support some of the symptoms associated with perimenopause. In this article, we will delve into the potential benefits of acupuncture for perimenopause, offering a natural path to navigate this pivotal time with grace and ease.

Understanding Perimenopause:

Perimenopause is the transitional period that typically begins in a woman’s late 30s to early 40s and can last for several years. During this time, hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, fluctuate significantly, leading to various physical and emotional changes. Some of the common symptoms of perimenopause include irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and more. These symptoms can affect a woman’s quality of life and overall well-being.

The Role of Acupuncture:

Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body, has been used for centuries to address various health issues. In recent years, it has gained recognition for its potential in alleviating the symptoms of perimenopause.

1. Hormone Regulation:

Acupuncture is believed to influence the body’s hormonal balance. By stimulating specific points, it can help regulate the release of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, which can be particularly helpful during the hormonal fluctuations of perimenopause. This balancing act can lead to a reduction in hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. More research is necessary in this area. 

2. Stress Reduction:

Perimenopause can be a stressful time due to the physical and emotional changes women experience. Acupuncture is known for its stress-reduction properties. When needles are inserted into certain points, the body releases endorphins, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. This may help people in perimenopause to better cope with the emotional ups and downs that often accompany this transition time. More research is necessary in this area. 

3. Improved Sleep:

Many women in perimenopause struggle with sleep disturbances. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may help regulate the body’s circadian rhythm and promote restful sleep. By addressing sleep issues, it can have a significant impact on overall well-being and energy levels. More research is necessary in this area. 

4. Enhanced Mood and Emotional Balance:

Mood swings and irritability are common symptoms of perimenopause. Acupuncture may help in regulating the neurotransmitters that affect mood, offering relief from mood swings and promoting emotional balance. This can contribute to an improved quality of life during this phase. More research is necessary in this area. 

5. Alleviation of Pain:

Some women experience physical discomfort, including headaches, joint pain, and muscle aches during perimenopause. Acupuncture has been found to be effective in reducing various types of pain by stimulating the body’s natural pain-relief mechanisms. More research is necessary in this area. 

6. Better Circulation:

Acupuncture can enhance blood circulation and help alleviate the sensation of warmth and sweating associated with hot flashes. This improved circulation can also contribute to an overall feeling of vitality. More research is necessary in this area. 

The Acupuncture Experience:

If you’re considering acupuncture as a part of your perimenopause management plan, it’s important to understand what to expect during an acupuncture session. The process typically involves the following steps:

  • Consultation: Your acupuncturist will start with a thorough consultation to understand your symptoms and overall health.

  • Needle Insertion: Fine, sterile needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on your body. The process is generally painless and is often described as a tingling or warming sensation.

  • Session Duration:Your initial session will be 60 minutes, with approximately 20-30 minutes of time on the table with acupuncture. Follow up appointments are 40 minutes. 

  • Follow-Up: Regular sessions may be required to maintain the benefits. Your acupuncturist will discuss a treatment plan tailored to your unique situation.

While many women have reported significant relief from perimenopausal symptoms through acupuncture, it’s essential to remember that individual experiences may vary and more research is necessary in this area.  The efficacy of acupuncture can be influenced by factors such as the severity of symptoms, overall health, and the consistency of treatment.

Perimenopause is a significant life transition that can be challenging, but it can also be a time of personal growth and empowerment. Acupuncture offers a holistic and natural approach to managing the symptoms and improving overall well-being during this phase.

If you’re considering acupuncture as part of your perimenopause management, it’s important to consult with a qualified acupuncturist who can tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs. By addressing hormone regulation, stress reduction, sleep improvement, emotional balance, and pain relief, acupuncture can help you navigate perimenopause with greater ease, serenity, and well-being. Embrace this transformative journey with open arms, and let acupuncture be a source of support and balance in your life.

Remember that while acupuncture can be a valuable tool, it’s essential to complement it with a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate self-care. Together, these strategies can help you embrace perimenopause with grace and vitality.

Please note that this article is for informational purposes only, and it’s always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a licensed acupuncturist for personalized advice on managing perimenopause symptoms.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate those points and promote healing and balance.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), which is the vital energy that flows through channels or pathways called meridians in the body. It is believed that disruptions or imbalances in the flow of Qi can lead to various health issues. Acupuncture aims to restore the balance and flow of Qi, thereby improving health and well-being.

How does acupuncture work?

The exact mechanism of how acupuncture works is still being studied and researched. However, there are several theories that attempt to explain its effects:

  1. Stimulation of Endorphins: Acupuncture may stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. 

  2. Modulation of Neurotransmitters: Acupuncture may affect the levels and activity of various neurotransmitters in the body, such as serotonin and dopamine. 

  3. Regulation of Qi and Energy Flow: Traditional Chinese medicine describes acupuncture as a way to balance the flow of Qi, the vital energy, in the body. By inserting needles into specific points, acupuncture is believed to remove blockages and restore the harmonious flow of Qi, promoting health and healing.

  4. Neurovascular and Microcirculatory Effects: Acupuncture has been observed to have effects on the nervous system and blood circulation. It may stimulate nerve fibers, dilate blood vessels, and improve blood flow to the treated areas, aiding in tissue repair and reducing inflammation.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when applied by a skilled practitioner that is registered with AHPRA and has received the appropriate training which in Australia is a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are single use, and acupuncture should be performed in a highly safe and proficient manner. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

The level of discomfort experienced during acupuncture can vary from person to person. While some people may feel minimal to no pain, others may experience a slight prick or tingling sensation when the needles are inserted. The needles used in acupuncture are much thinner than hypodermic needles used for injections, which helps minimize pain. Additionally, skilled acupuncturists are trained to minimize any discomfort during the treatment.

It’s important to communicate with your acupuncturist during the session. If you experience any discomfort or pain, let them know so they can adjust the needles or technique to ensure your comfort. Many people find acupuncture to be a relaxing and therapeutic experience.


Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Yes, acupuncture is covered by private health insurance when received from a practitioner holds the appropriate registrations. All Ova Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine practitioners are claimable on private health insurance. The level of coverage will be dependent on your individual insurance. 

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is particularly effective at supporting the symptoms associated with many conditions, and oftentimes is used as an adjunct therapy aimed at improving ones quality of life. While it is important to consult with a qualified acupuncturist and healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, here are some areas that acupuncture is commonly used to support the symptoms:

  1. Pain conditions: Acupuncture is well-known for its effectiveness in relieving various types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and postoperative pain.

  2. Musculoskeletal disorders: Acupuncture can help manage the symptoms related to musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries.

  3. Digestive disorders: Acupuncture may be beneficial for digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, and nausea.

  4. Respiratory conditions: Acupuncture is sometimes used to alleviate symptoms associated with respiratory disorders such as asthma, allergies and sinusitis.

  5. Emotional and mental health: Acupuncture can be utilized as part of a comprehensive approach to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It may help promote relaxation, improve mood, and enhance overall well-being.

  6. Women’s health: Acupuncture is often used to support women’s health concerns, including menstrual irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause symptoms, fertility issues, and pregnancy-related discomfort.

  7. Neurological conditions: Acupuncture may be used as a complementary therapy for neurological conditions like migraines, tension headaches, neuropathy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke rehabilitation.

  8. Other conditions: Acupuncture has also been applied to address a variety of other conditions, including fatigue, immune system support, skin disorders, allergies, smoking cessation, weight management, and side effects of cancer treatment.

How long does a typical treatment last?

At Ova Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine we ask patients to allow up to 60 minutes for an initial appointment and up to 40 minutes for a follow up appointment. Needles are generally retained for 20-30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Your practitioner may also choose to apply ancillary techniques such as cupping, gua sha and moxibustion. 

How many acupuncture sessions are usually needed to see results?

This is entirely dependent on the condition that is being treated, the severity of the condition, how long the condition has been present and the commitment from the patient to follow diet and lifestyle changes as well as compliance in taking herbal medicine. After your initial assessment your practitioner will provide a treatment timeline with you. 

Are there any side effects of acupuncture?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced acupuncturist. The risk of adverse effects is minimal, but there are some potential side effects and considerations to be aware of:

  1. Soreness or Bruising: Occasionally, minor soreness, bruising, or bleeding may occur at the needle insertion sites. These side effects are typically mild and temporary.
  2. Fatigue or Drowsiness: Some individuals may experience temporary feelings of fatigue or drowsiness after an acupuncture session. It is advisable to rest and avoid strenuous activities immediately following the treatment.
  3. Dizziness or Lightheadedness: Rarely, acupuncture may cause dizziness or lightheadedness during or after a session, particularly if the person stands up too quickly. It’s important to communicate any discomfort to the acupuncturist during the treatment.
Can acupuncture help with pain relief?

Acupuncture is highly regarded for its analgesic benefits. Whether you are managing an acute injury with symptomatic pain or you have a chronic pain condition, acupuncture is typically supportive of pain symptoms and can be a useful therapy as part of your pain management plan. 

Can acupuncture be used in conjunction with fertility treatments?

Yes, acupuncture can be used in conjunction with fertility treatments. Many individuals undergoing fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI), choose to incorporate acupuncture as a complementary therapy to support their fertility journey. Here’s how acupuncture can be beneficial in this context:

  1. Stress Reduction: Fertility treatments can be emotionally and physically demanding, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Acupuncture is known to promote relaxation and stress reduction, which can help individuals manage the emotional challenges associated with fertility treatments.

  2. Hormonal Balance: Acupuncture may help regulate hormonal balance, which is crucial for fertility. It can support the normal function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which controls hormone production and ovulation.

  3. Improved Blood Flow: Acupuncture has been observed to improve blood circulation to the reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus. Enhanced blood flow can provide better nourishment to the reproductive tissues and optimize their function.

  4. Increased Success Rate: Some studies suggest that acupuncture, when used in conjunction with fertility treatments, may improve pregnancy rates and the success of assisted reproductive techniques like IVF and IUI. It is believed that acupuncture may enhance the response to fertility medications, increase embryo implantation rates, and improve overall reproductive outcomes.

  5. Side Effect Management: Acupuncture can help alleviate some of the side effects associated with fertility treatments, such as bloating, discomfort, and nausea.

Are there any scientific studies that support the effectiveness of acupuncture?

Yes, there have been scientific studies conducted to explore the effects and potential benefits of acupuncture. While more research is still needed, especially in certain areas, here are some key findings from scientific studies:

  1. Pain Management: Acupuncture has shown positive results in managing various types of pain, including chronic pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, and postoperative pain. Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing pain intensity and improving quality of life.

  2. Nausea and Vomiting: Acupuncture has been found to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, postoperative recovery, and pregnancy-related morning sickness. It is often recommended as a complementary therapy in these cases.

  3. Headaches and Migraines: Research suggests that acupuncture may provide relief for tension headaches and migraines. It has been found to be more effective than no treatment and comparable to preventive medication in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.

  4. Osteoarthritis: Acupuncture has shown promise in managing pain and improving function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Studies have demonstrated its potential to reduce pain and improve physical function when used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional treatments.

  5. Chronic Conditions: Acupuncture has been investigated for its effects on chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, low back pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Some studies have reported positive outcomes in terms of pain reduction, improved sleep, and overall well-being.

  6. Mental Health: Acupuncture has shown potential in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. It has been found to modulate the release of neurotransmitters and promote relaxation, which may contribute to its therapeutic effects in mental health.

  7. Fertility and Reproductive Health: Studies have explored the effects of acupuncture in supporting fertility treatments, such as IVF. While findings are mixed, some research suggests that acupuncture may improve pregnancy rates and outcomes in individuals undergoing fertility treatments.

It’s important to note that individual responses to acupuncture can vary, and more research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms and effects. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional and seek treatment from a qualified acupuncturist to ensure safe and effective care.


Ova Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine provides best in class acpuncture services to the Camp Hill, Coorparoo, Norman Park, Morningside, Greenslopes, Holland Park communities. We are a leading acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine clinic within the South East Brisbane community. 


1/6 Newman Avenue, Camp Hill 


Monday to Friday : 8am – 8pm

Saturday : 8am – 1pm


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are both claimable through private health insurance depending on your coverage details.