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Why Treat Menopause as a Disease?

Why is menopause treated like a disease, when it is actually a natural and normal process?

menopause acupuncture Chinese medicine Ever wondered why menopause is often treated like a disease when it’s actually a natural part of life? At Almond Wellness Centre, we think it’s high time to shift that perspective. After all, menopause is a normal, natural process that every woman experiences. Instead of just managing symptoms, we focus on treating the underlying imbalances that cause them.

Chinese Medicine View on Menopause

In Chinese Medicine, menopause is viewed through a holistic lens. We see the symptoms as signs of deeper imbalances within your body that may have developed over time. Ignoring these imbalances can lead to all sorts of symptoms during menopause.

Jing Qi Depletion

Think of menopause as a major life transition. Your body chemistry is shifting. Chinese medicine recognises this as a natural process. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), your energy is similar to something we call Jing Qi. Jing Qi is like a vital energy you receive at conception, supporting all your body functions. As we age, this energy gradually depletes. Consequently, women stop having period, and may have greying hair, decreased libido, fatigue, hot flushes or other symptoms.Jing - the essence

Causes of Jing Qi Depletion

Several factors can drain your Jing Qi, including:

  • Overworking
  • Overexertion (too much physical activity, sexual activity, alcohol, drugs, late nights)
  • Emotional stress
  • Poor diet
  • Genetic factors

Yin and Yang Imbalances

In the realm of menopausal symptoms, imbalances in Yin and Yang energy are paramount.

Yin energy functions to cool the body, while Yang provides warmth. Additionally, Yin maintains the body’s structure, while Yang facilitates movement and metabolism.

When Yin levels decrease, Yang becomes relatively dominant, resulting in symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. Conversely, a decline in Yang can lead to issues like fatigue, water retention, and weight gain.

What Does a TCM Practitioner Do?

For menopause, the goal of a CM practitioner is to re-balance the Yin and Yang.

A TCM practitioner begins with a thorough evaluation, collecting your health history and examining your symptoms and signs. This helps us develop a Pattern Diagnosis, which is a detailed understanding of your overall health.

Common Pattern Diagnoses in Menopause

TCM identifies several patterns during menopause:

  • Kidney Yin Deficiency: Hot flashes, night sweats, dryness, insomnia, irritability.
  • Kidney Yang Deficiency: Fatigue, cold intolerance, weak knees, decreased libido, water retention.
  • Liver Qi Stagnation: Irritability, mood swings, depression, breast tenderness, menstrual irregularities.
  • Spleen Qi Deficiency: Fatigue, bloating, poor appetite, weight gain, bruising easily.
  • Heart and Liver Blood Deficiency: Palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness, dizziness, dry skin.
  • Phlegm-Dampness Accumulation: Weight gain, bloating, fluid retention, foggy thinking, heavy periods.

TCM Treatment

Based on your Pattern Diagnosis, a TCM practitioner creates a personalised treatment plan. This could include acupuncture, herbal remedies, meditation, lifestyle changes, exercises, and dietary advice.

The goal is to address the root causes, and restore Yin Yang balance

Common Herbs and Acupuncture Points

Herbs:

  • Dong Quai: Known as “female ginseng,” it helps with hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Ginseng: Supports energy levels and reduces fatigue.
  • Black Cohosh: Alleviates hot flashes and supports emotional well-being.
  • Poria: Helps with water retention and bloating.
  • Rehmannia: Tonifies Kidney Yin and supports hormonal balance.

Herbal Formulas:

  • Er Xian Tang: Addresses hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue and low libido.
  • Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan: For symptoms of Yin deficiency like hot flashes and dryness.
  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan: Particularly beneficial for addressing mood swings, irritability.

Acupuncture Points:

  • Sanyinjiao (SP6): Regulates menstruation and alleviates hot flashes.
  • Guanyuan (CV4): Tonifies Qi and nourishes Kidney Yin.
  • Zhongji (CV3): Helps with hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Hegu (LI4): Eases hot flashes, headaches, and emotional imbalances.
  • Qihai (CV6): Supports overall well-being and tonifies Qi.
  • Taixi (KD3): Supports hormonal balance and tonifies Kidney Yin.
  • Baihui (GV20): Calms the mind and helps with insomnia and emotional well-being.

Disclaimer: The information provided above is for educational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. 

Contact Us

At Almond Wellness Centre in Melbourne’s Coburg and Ringwood areas, we offer personalised care tailored to your unique needs.

Our senior practitioner, Dr. Richard Zeng, and our Chinese medicine acupuncture team are here to help you achieve optimal wellness. Therefore, if you’re experiencing menopausal issues and want to explore Chinese medicine acupuncture, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes and should not be considered medical advice.

Latest Research

Management of Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

This study examined acupuncture’s effectiveness in managing menopause symptoms in perimenopausal or postmenopausal women. Results suggest acupuncture can reduce vasomotor symptoms and improve quality of life, though its safety profile needs further study.

 
 
 

Effect of acupuncture on hot flush and menopause symptoms in breast cancer- A systematic review and meta-analysis

Acupuncture shows promise in alleviating various menopausal symptoms, including negative mood and sleep disturbances. While it may not significantly reduce hot flush severity compared to hormone therapy, it offers a safer alternative for breast cancer patients concerned about hormone therapy’s side effects.

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