Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Hot Flashes - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

Hot Flashes - Basics

A hot flash is a sudden feeling of heat on the body that induces excessive sweating, flushing, appearance of red blotches on the skin and mild to severe discomfort. A hot flash can strike at any time of day, including while sleeping, and can last from a few seconds to several minutes or longer. Following an attack, as the body temperature readjusts to normal, an individual might experience chills. Hot flashes are one of the most common and earliest symptoms of menopause in women. From their onset, hot flashes generally go away on their own after less than two years; however, some women experience them for 5 years or longer.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for hot flashes.

Hot Flashes - Tam Healing - Tong Ren Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for hot flashes that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating hot flashes. For a complete list from our store with more details see our hot flashes formula section.

Hot Flashes - Questions

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Hot Flashes - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (2) acupuncture points may be useful for hot flashes. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

The following (2) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Hot Flashes

Geng Nian An Wan

  • Peaceful Menopause
    • Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, restlessness and anxiety as a result of yin deficiency.  
    • Can be used for other yin deficient symtpoms such as tinnitus, dry skin, and lightheadedness.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Do not use if patient presents with true heat or exterior heat.

Zuo Gui Wan

  • Right Returning Pills
    • Infertility, low libedo, impotence due to kidney yin deficiency.
    • Low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology resulting from jing deficiency.
    • Irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

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