Most women navigating through peri-menopause and menopause experience hot flashes. Why?
Even physicians at the esteemed Mayo Clinic can’t explain precisely why this happens. It is believed hot flashes occur because a woman’s hypothalamus (body thermostat) becomes more sensitive to the slightest change in body temperature due to the alterations in reproductive hormones taking place during menopause.
A study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows promise in treating menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, depression and insomnia, via use of HIRREM or high-resolution, relational, resonance-based electro encephalic mirroring. It is also referred to as Brainwave Optimization.
Developed by Lee Gerdes and Brain State Technologies, LLC., HIRREM is a non-invasive, brain feedback technology enabling relaxation and auto-calibration of neural oscillations via application of auditory tones reflecting brain frequencies in near real time.
A brain assessment is made by doing brief recordings of brainwaves at six locations on the scalp. This occurs while the recipient carries out a task and when relaxing. The recipient reads and recalls numbers. Testing takes place while the eyes are partially open and closed. This results in a map of amplitudes and frequencies, and reveals imbalances.
Brain frequencies are assigned auditory tones, which the recipient hears. The tones echo what takes place in the brain at any given time and the brain rapidly distinguishes the connection between the tone and a specific brain activity.
Dr. Charles H. Tegeler, a professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist and the head investigator of the study, explains the brain consists of right and left hemispheres working jointly as parallel processors. When an individual experiences a stressor or trauma their autonomic survival responses jump into action and, as a result the brain, becomes unbalanced. If this lopsidedness continues, the person is going to experience negative outcomes, such as insomnia.
When the brain listens to itself via HIRREM, its propensity is to be become quiet and balanced. The belief is reverberation between the electrical energy in the brain and the musical tones lead to equilibrium to the two brain hemispheres. When using HIRREM, brain frequency harmony and balance are expedited, which diminishes the negative symptoms the person is experiencing.
Women suffering from hot flashes were involved in the study, receiving an average of 13 HIRREM sessions spread out over several days. The outcome revealed noteworthy reductions in the severity of hot flashes. Additionally, the incidence of depression and insomnia lessened as a result of the sessions.
If you are suffering from menopausal-related hot flashes and or insomnia and depression, ask your physician if undergoing HIRREM sessions is an option for you.
About This Blogger: Cindi Pearce
Cindi Pearce has been writing professionally since the days of manual typewriters. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University, Cindi is especially interested in women’s health concerns. She teaches yoga, is an amateur belly dancer, loves mowing her five acres of land with her beloved zero turn mower, has three grown children, one granddaughter and five large dogs. Cindi has managed to stay married to the same man for 35 years.