Acupuncture and Menopause

April 4, 2018- Acupuncture, Estrogen, and Post-Menopausal Osteoarthritis

Electro-acupuncture has previously been shown to reduce pain and improve the function of joints after removing the ovaries of rats. Qin Y et al. published research in Acupuncture Medicine in June 2013. The scientists removed the ovaries of rabbits in order to create a model of menopausal arthritis. Then, they applied electro-acupuncture to the rabbits. They found that acupuncture increased estrogen levels in the blood of the rabbits, which improved joint function. Furthermore, the menopausal rabbits lost weight due to the increased estrogen levels with no side effects.