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Home > Newsletters > November 2003

Ask the Doctor

Q: Is there an acupuncture treatment for bloating of the stomach following the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?

A: Dede Barry writes: Absolutely. Acupuncture will be very helpful for abdominal distention (bloating) and other side effects of HRT, like nausea, breast soreness, mood swings and headaches. Every woman has a different reaction to HRT, and your acupuncturist will look at your own pattern and work with you to balance out your body.

However, one reason for the bloating, may be that you are on too much
estrogen. You may want to talk to your Doctor about reducing the dosage or changing to a non-oral form such as patches. That often helps alleviate the side effects.

I don't know how long or your reason for being on HRT, but if the adverse side effects continue, you may want to look into alternative treatment. I have found that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas have been very effective and less unpleasant or potentially dangerous than hormonal treatments.

About our Doctors

Dede Barry graduated from the Colorado School for Traditional Chinese Medicine-Denver in 2001. She has a private practice and specializes in women's health including menopause, infertility, PMS, etc. She lives in Denver with her two large rescue dogs and enjoys hiking, yoga and volunteer work.

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