Sound familiar? Sounds like menopause. The effects of menopause can
significantly impact the quality of your life, and the lives of those around you.
These symptoms can be effectively managed and eliminated with the use of
acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I have had the opportunity to work with literally
hundreds of women to decrease these symptoms and cruise through “the big
change”. This article will explain how and why acupuncture and Chinese herbs
have helped so many women during this time and may help you too.
Menopause is the time in each woman’s life marking the permanent cessation of
menstrual activity. Women between the ages of 35-58 will notice dramatic
changes in their menstrual cycle. The menses may suddenly stop, the blood flow
may decrease, and intervals between menses may lengthen and become
irregular. Menopause naturally occurs in 25% of women by age 47, 50% by age
50, 75% by age 52, and 95% by age 55. Symptoms of menopause often include;
hot flashes, night sweating, nervousness, fatigue, depression, insomnia,
irritability, palpitations, vertigo, and headaches.
Most women in the West are aware of only two options for dealing with these
disturbing symptoms. The first is to attempt to manage them with a hormone
replacement therapy. However, the use of these is questioned due to the
possibility of unwanted side effects. Your other option is to simply grit your teeth,
suffer, and wait for it to be over.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can alleviate these symptoms to help you
gracefully sail through menopause. Chinese Medicine’s unique understanding of
this has resulted in effectively treating menopausal women for thousands of
According to Chinese Medicine all health is dependent upon the balance of yin
and yang. Yin and yang is the concept that everything in the world is kept in
balance by an equal and opposite force. This phenomena occurs in nature at all
times. Some examples of yin and yang are; woman and man, day and night,
down and up, rest and activity, good and bad, deficient and excess. Perhaps the
most important yin and yang relationship pertaining to menopause is that of hot
(yang) and cold (yin). In the mid to late 40’s, the yin in a woman naturally begins
to decrease. As the yin (or cold aspect) of a women drops there becomes an
imbalance with the yang (or hot aspect). When the yin is low and this healthy
balance disrupted, the yang relatively becomes much stronger. This is why so
many of the menopausal symptoms appear to be hot in nature, for example, hot
flashes, night sweating, and general feelings of being uncomfortably warm. As an
example to illustrate this process, imagine one of Raleigh’s hot muggy August
days. Though it is hot outside, you can remain comfortable inside because the
cool balances the hot. Now imagine, if you dare, your air conditioning breaking
down. You become uncomfortably hot because the coolness that maintained the
balance has decrease resulting in no escape from the heat.
Acupuncture and medicinal herbology will help to restore this balance of yin and
yang. There are specific acupuncture points and herbs have the therapeutic
properties of decreasing the internal heat while increasing the cool energies of
your body. Another way to put it is that acupuncture and herbs gets the air
conditioning working again while at the same time drops the temperature outside
restoring balance and comfort to your home.
While the process of menopause is a natural transition, you do not have to suffer
with the unwanted symptoms. There is effective, safe and natural help. If you
are currently in menopause, feel you soon will be, or know someone that is; keep
in mind it does not have to be a uncomfortable or difficult time in your life.
Acupuncture and herbs can address the root cause of the problem and decrease
the unpleasant sensations during this time in your life. Chinese medicine can
restore this balance of yin and yang so you can focus less on the symptoms you
don’t want and more on the life you do want.
Menopause: Relief with Acupuncture and Herbs
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From The Center: Natural Health Specialists
Article by Quinn Akira Takei, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of
Oriental Medicine(NM) with The Center: Natural Health