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How Can Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Support You During Menopause?
Menopause is a natural, yet potentially turbulent event for women that generally occurs between the ages of 45-55. The hormonal transition that takes place during menopause is not just a simple biological occurrence, but a long and ongoing process that can potentially affect almost every bodily system.
Over 80% of women experience a variety of menopausal symptoms, many of which will cause them to seek treatment at some point during this period.
There seems to be a general assumption that many of these symptoms are inevitable, but what if I told you that grinning and bearing your way through menopause is not the only option?
The physical and emotional changes a woman may experience during menopause are due to declining and fluctuating hormonal levels. When the body cannot regulate these fluctuations smoothly, symptoms such as the following may arise:
- Hot flushes
- Mood swings
- Menstrual irregularities
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Vaginal dryness
- Joint pain
- Poor memory and concentration
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history of assisting in the treatment of symptoms associated with menopause using a variety of methods. These comprise of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle therapy. Every woman will experience menopause differently, so every TCM treatment and diagnosis is individualised based on a variety of factors, including current signs and symptoms, previous health history, nutrition, lifestyle, medications, stress levels, etc.
But how does it work?
In TCM theory, menopause is part of the natural aging process and is linked with the waning of Kidney Yin. The Yin is the nourishing, cooling and moistening aspect of the body, so when it becomes deficient it commonly creates a disharmony between the Yin and Yang. This is why manifestations of heat, dryness and fatigue may appear. The Kidney energy helps to sustain metabolic processes and keep the bones healthy. It is normal for the function of our Kidneys to naturally decline as we age, however this means we must ensure we are taking proper care of our physical and mental health.
Acupuncture is utilised in menopause to address both the bothersome symptoms and the underlying weakening of Kidney Yin energy. Studies have found that menopausal women who had weekly acupuncture treatments for their moderate to severe symptoms experienced a significant improvement. This may be due to the neuromodulating effects acupuncture can have on the body. Herbal medicine, dietary therapy and lifestyle advice may also be recommended to further support the effects of acupuncture. This ensures we have all bases covered, giving you the best chance for success.
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