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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – Is It Right For You?

Until 2002, hormone replacement therapy was recommended both to manage menopause symptoms and to prevent long term deterioration of health from osteoporosis and heart disease. However, a large clinical trial, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) had to cease their long term clinical trials as they found the risks outweighed the benefits. Read more

Acupuncture Comparable with HRT in Managing Menopausal Symptoms and Regulating Hormones

This recent study (as of 2/09) compared the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with acupuncture and ear acupressure for the relief of hot flashes. In menopause, the ovaries cease to function and an endocrine feedback ensues which creates the symptoms we associate with menopause such as hot flashes, irritability, and sleep disturbance. HRT replaces the hormones (estrogen and progesterone) the ovaries once produced. It has been associated with increased risk for breast cancer, stroke, heart disease, and blood clots. Read more