Managing Menopause Symptoms With
Traditional Chinese Medicine
What is Menopause
Menopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman's body. It most commonly occurs between the ages of 45 and 56 and can last a few months to several years.
The Symptoms vary from mild to severe, and are brought on as the body tries to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen. During this time a variety of symptoms can be experienced, the most common of these being hot flushes, fatigue, night sweats, aches and pains, palpitations, insomnia, as well as anxiety and depression.
HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is most commonly prescribed by GPs to counteract these symptoms. While some women find HRT effective, many women are not satisfied with the risks and side effects associated with it and seek accompanying or alternative and more natural solutions to the changes and symptoms they are experiencing.
Can Traditional Chinese Medicine help?
With a very different view of this time of life to how it’s seen in the West, and different methods of treating symptoms, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has an approach to managing midlife that many women swear by.
Chinese medicine descriptions for the causes of menopause symptoms do not reflect the scientific language of Western medicine. Instead, they offer a different view.
See Menopause in Transitional Chinese Way
YIN AND YANG ARE OUT OF BALANCE
The lives we live and the system we operate in are overwhelmingly yang: that is, fast-moving, noisy, bright lights, pushy and full on. This drains our bodies of yin energy. Menopause symptoms are essentially a severe imbalance of this internal yin/yang circuit.
YOU’RE CREATING TOO MUCH HEAT
This yin/yang imbalance creates heat in the body. In Chinese medicine, having your period allows your body to clear itself of excess heat. But when menopause approaches and that flow isn’t so regular, the body has to find other ways to clear the yang-induced heat.
THE STRAIN ON THE KIDNEYS
In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are responsible for the ageing process, fertility, controlling the cooling of the body and your energy reserves. They also control your yin/yang balance. So it’s vital to look after them in order to progress through menopause as smoothly as possible.
TCM Methods For Helping
A Danish study of 70 women, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at the effects of acupuncture. Half of the women were given a treatment a week for six weeks and a half were not. The women given acupuncture had fewer hot flushes and their sleep and emotional symptoms improved, as well as skin and hair symptoms, such as dryness and hair loss.
This involves stimulating the same points as used in acupuncture but without needles.
A safe and effective way to treat Menopause Symptoms.
Aging is inevitable. It is important to embrace the delicate mental and physical changes that come with age. TCM emphasizes wellness and preventive care. It offers great care for peri-menopausal women. It is crucial for women to take good care of themselves with the TCM wellness mindset on a regular basis, instead of waiting till severe symptoms appear.