Transitioning through Menopause

Menopause itself is not a disease. It is nature’s way of slowing down the aging process in women past the child-bearing age. Unfortunately, many women do not make this transition quickly and smoothly. Rather, they get stuck in the middle of this change. When they do, they may experience any of a number of signs and symptoms. These include:

Hot flashes
Night sweats
Menstrual irregularity
Uterine spotting and flooding
Vaginal dryness and atrophy
Vaginal itching

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a 3,000 year old professional medical system, and gynecology is one of its specialties. With TCM gynecology, menopausal syndrome is one of the conditions that is most easily and satisfactorily treated (as long as menopause is natural and not surgical).

According the TCM theory, menopause is a normal physiological change in life. It occurs when a woman’s body no longer produces sufficient blood to sustain a monthly period without this blood loss being draining on her body, particularly her Kidney. This is the organ that TCM sees as the root of life and longevity. Therefore, the body in its wisdom reverses the flow of a channel in the center of the body which sends blood down from the Heart to the uterus. Blood and essence from the Kidneys are then shunted up to the Heart in order to nourish the woman’s spirit. Thus, in Chinese medicine, menopause is seen as a true change in life from mother of biological children to mother of the community. This is why, in traditional Chinese cultures, post-menopausal women are regarded as wise women, since their heart spirit is now nourished and enlightened in a way it was not before.

TCM practitioners use both medical Qi Gong and acupuncture in order to nourish and supplement the Liver and Kidneys, boost the Qi and fortify the Spleen, quiet the spirit, and clear pathogenic heat. With advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle, the TCM practitioner treats the whole person and brings balance to every aspect of the patient’s life.

These therapies are without side effects. So why not try these natural, effective, lost cost and safe traditional therapies before resorting to hormone replacement (HRT) and other expensive, high-tech therapies with unknown risks?

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