Treating Menopausal Issues With Traditional Chinese Medicine
29 Jun 2015
Most women consider the problems associated with menopause as an inevitable and harsh reality of their lives. The only treatment for such issues suggested by conventional doctors and physicians is the hormone replacement therapy. But some women may not want to or are unable to receive it. In such cases, Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used as an effective treatment for getting relief from discomforts of perimenopause.
According to the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine, when a woman is about to enter into the menopausal phase, the yin part of her body loses control over the yang and this imbalance between yang and yin results in the traditional symptoms of perimenopause. Sensations of agitation and heat indicate the overpowering yang, while fatigue and dryness are signs of yin deficiency. Therefore, treatment is mainly focussed at restoring the equilibrium between yang and yin to nourish the heat, relax the mind, and vent out the heart.
Traditional Chinese Medicine takes a holistic approach to target the root cause by detailed examination of the prominent physical symptoms as well as the emotional conditions associated with them. Detecting the relation of the symptoms with one another is also considered essential.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are the primary holistic practices used for alleviating the discomforts experienced after the cessation of periods. They provide a great relief to women experiencing night sweats, hot flashes, anxiety, fatigue and mental fogginess. However, a particular herbal formula, the Er Xian Tang, has been proven to lessen the occurrence of night flashes by almost half. The kidney yin deficiency, one of the major yin deficiencies occurring in women after menopause, is responsible for occurrence of problems like insomnia and heart palpitations. In this case as well, the combination of acupuncture and herbal formulas provides long-lasting relief from increased blood pressure and improves the quality of sleep. They even help to regulate the fluctuations and hormonal shift.
The practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine also examine and regulate the dietary habits of their patient suffering from menopausal problems besides treating with acupuncture and herbal formulas. They prescribe the inclusion of food items rich in soy protein, in their diet. Soy food items actually contain chemical compounds called phytoestrogens that displace harmful unnatural estrogens entering the body from the environment, bind themselves to estrogen receptors in the body and stimulate them to produce natural estrogens.
I am a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Northern Beaches. I have a clinic Northside Acupuncture in Northern Beaches where I really do go to the extra mile when it comes to treating my patient's health. I have years of clinical experience and have had successful outcomes as well. So, all of you out there reading my blog, if you are planning to come to my clinic for a holistic treatment, you can be assured that you will be in good hands.