In our coming series of blog posts, we explore how to use EFT Tapping for different stages of life. This post is all about Menopause!
The Western view of menopause is largely biomedical and changes that occur attributed to hormonal fluctuations. But did you know research shows this experience may not be universal; menopause may be strongly shaped by social and cultural factors.
The meaning we make of menopause, our attitude, how our culture views the experience all impacts what we actually go through (e.g. our symptoms!).
In an early study of 483 Indian women of the Rajput caste in India, researchers found that few women had any problems with menopause other than cycle changes1. Other research of Japanese women has found that rates of hot flashes and night sweats are low in comparison with those reported in Western cultures2. And there is actually no Japanese word for “hot flashes”.
Interestingly, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a Professor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive health at Yale Medical School has been noted to say “In societies where age is more revered and the older woman is the wiser and better woman, menopausal symptoms are significantly less bothersome”.
For those of us yet to be revered and perhaps still have symptoms of menopause, there is still hope. EFT Tapping has been explored for a range of different issues and research consistently shows how it can change gene expression, cortisol (stress hormone) levels and mood concerns.
An EFT study of cortisol showed that after just 1 hour of tapping, anxiety reduced by 58.34%, depression by 49.33%, the overall severity of psychological symptoms by -50.5%, and a significant decrease in cortisol level by 24.39%. This was all achieved after just 1 hour of tapping!4
In 2019 my team replicated this trial and after just 1 hour of tapping cortisol levels were reduced by 43%! We achieved twice the effect.
So perhaps the idea of tapping for menopausal symptoms may not be too unusual. What could you apply it to? Anything related to mood, physical issues (e.g. sweating, hot flashes), emotions of any kind (libido?) could be targeted. Any beliefs about the menopause process could be tapped upon too – often families pass on beliefs about certain issues/stages of life and as children we easily adopt these as our own. Perhaps have a think about what beliefs about this stage of life you might have – and ask where did they come from.
In the next blog we will explore words to use and ways to tap!
1. Flint M. The menopause: reward or punishment? Psychosomatics. 1975;6:161–163.
2. Lock M. Ambiguities of aging: Japanese experience and perceptions of menopause. Cult Med Psychiatry. 1986;10:23– 46