Did you know that Chinese medicine is an effective, natural and gentle way to treat menopausal discomforts? You didn’t?! Well, it is and let me tell you a little bit about why…
Hormones are incredibly strong dictators of what occurs in the body (see October newsletter on PMS). Hormones act like the boss in many bodily processes that involve growth, development, menses, sleep and sex (just to mention a few). During menopause a woman’s body is undergoing hormonal changes which greatly impact her internal environment.
Common menopausal symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood changes
- Sleep issues
- Weight gain
In menopause, like many other conditions, the body is imbalanced. And depending on pre-existing imbalances that you already have, the exacerbation of menopausal symptoms can be different from woman to woman. For example, a woman may have a history of constipation or a hysterectomy, etc. Like an onion with many layers, each layer is going to affect the others; so underlying health issues will affect the symptomatology of menopause.
To further clarify this point, a woman with menopausal night sweats may have a different cause and treatment than another. One woman may have a history of digestive complaints and will get a different treatment than another woman who is also coming in for night sweats, but has a history of fatigue and low libido. Acupuncture and herbal medicine innately activate the balancing and self-healing abilities of the body. Your body.
The goal is to ALWAYS treat the cause of the problem as well as alleviate symptoms…in this case, menopausal symptoms. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help you achieve a smoother, healthier, more comfortable menopausal transition.
Please feel free to call or email me with your questions. Women’s health is one of my favorite subjects to treat and educate women about how Chinese medicine can greatly benefit their long term gynecological health. Here’s to the ladies!