Menopause is a transitional period in which the female body experiences hormonal changes that affect the menstrual cycle, along with other things. On average, women begin to have symptoms of menopause in their late 40s to early 50s. They include: hot flashes, trouble sleeping, altered regularity and flow of menstrual period, vaginal dryness and mood changes. Menopause is considered to be over after going a full year without a menstrual period.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Menopause.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of menopause (hot flashes) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of menopause (hot flashes):
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Menopause (Hot Flashes)
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for menopause (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 Menopause (Hot Flashes)
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating menopause (hot flashes). For a complete list from our store with more details see our menopause (hot flashes) formula section.
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Used for anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards losing self-control (crying fits, excessive yawning, etc.). This set of symptoms is known as restless organ disorder in TCM. General symptoms are disorientation, crying spells, depression, fitful sleep, excessive yawning, anxiety, possible night sweats and other yin deficient signs. May be used for menopause or similar post-partum issues.
The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a sparse tongue coating.