Chinese refer to menopause as the “Second Spring“, a time to reflect, become acquainted with yourself, and contemplate life. Second Spring is the time when woman enters into her power years. She has acquired tremendous life experience and wisdom that will allow her to fully blossom into who she is in the second half of her life. Chinese medicine offers great support to ensure smooth transition into Second Spring
According to TCM, the Kidney is the organ that becomes deficient with age. This is the organ that stores “essence”, substance that is responsible for body’s growth, maturation, and aging. During menopause Kidney essence diminishes and changes occur. Note that Kidney in Chinese Medicine is not the same as kidney organ in Western Medicine. It is a combination of body functions, emotions and energy.
Can Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) effectively treat menopause?
Yes. TCM offers a gentle yet effective way to address menopause and related conditions. Numerous studies demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs in treatment of menopause. Acupuncture and herbs regulate endocrine system and alleviate hot flashes, fatigue, anxiety, and other conditions associated with menopause. These methods have been used for over 3000 years to help women comfortably experience natural changes that happen in the body as they age.
Does TCM have a diagnosis for menopause?
Kidney deficiency is the universal diagnosis among all women with menopause. It is extremely important to keep in mind that women reach menopause at different ages and under different circumstances. Symptoms vary greatly as well as their severity and duration. They may fall under TCM disease patterns such as Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yang Deficiency, Kidney Essence Deficiency, Kidney Yin and Yang Deficiency, Kidneys and Heart not harmonized, Stasis of Blood, and etc. Acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal remedies are prescribed according to the diagnosis.
How do I know what specific TCM diagnosis my perimenopausal/menopausal symptoms fall under?
A licensed acupuncturist can determine your TCM diagnosis based on the medical history and physical exam. Many patients present with combined patterns.
What type of TCM treatment can alleviate my symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweating, fatigue? How soon will I feel the difference?
I recommend the combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. You may feel the difference in symptoms as soon as after the first session. The response to treatment depends on the severity of a person’s condition, how long the condition has existed, and the overall state of health, energy and motivation of the client. See FAQ to learn more about how acupuncture works.
How can I schedule a consultation or an acupuncture appointment? Where can I buy Chinese herbs?
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