Women typically experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 56. Whilst many women pass through it with few ill effects others experience distressing symptoms. These include hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue and vaginal dryness. Western medicine offers hormonal drugs to treat the symptoms of menopause but they are not without side effects and do not suit all women. Acupuncture works well to support hormone replacement medication for those who take it and offers a gentle alternative to those who cannot or would prefer not to.