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TCM Solutions -- Menopausal Syndrome

Menopause itself is not a disease. It is a normal physiological change in life. It is a natural way of
slowing down the aging process in women past child-bearing age. Unfortunately, many women do not
traverse this cusp 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
  • ·  Hot Flashes
  • ·  Night Sweats
  • ·  Menstrual Irregularity
  • ·  Uterine Spotting and Flooding
  • ·  Depression
  • ·  Anxiety
  • ·  Fatigue
  • ·  Palpitations
  • ·  Migraines
  • ·  Insomnia
  • ·  Vaginal Itching
  • .   Vaginal Dryness
  • ·  Osteoporosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a 2,000 year old, professional medical system, and
gynaecology is one of its specialties. Within TCM gynaecology, menopausal syndrome is a
recognized and treatable condition. In fact, it is one of the conditions that are most easily and
satisfactorily treated by TCM ( as long as menopause is natural and not surgical).
TCM practitioners may use acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine or a combination of both to treat
menopausal syndrome. Using herbs and acupuncture, the TCM practitioner seeks to nourish and
supplement the liver and kidneys, boost the Qi and fortify the spleen, nourish the heart and quiet the
spirit, Clear pathogenic heat and downbear Yang, thus restoring balance to the woman’s entire
organism.

According to Chinese medical theory, menopause occurs when, because of the natural aging process,
a woman’s body no longer produces sufficient blood to sustain a monthly period without this blood loss
being draining on her body and particularly on her kidneys. This is the organ Chinese medicine 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 to the uterus from the heart. Rather, blood and essence
from the kidneys are 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 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.
Traditional Chinese medicine is effective in treating menopause and related conditions. Chinese
Medicine has demonstrated to have a marked effect on the endocrine system to alleviate hot flashes,
vasomotor instability, loss of bone mass, and other conditions associated with menopause. Most importantly,
they are much gentler and safer on the body.
 
According to the theories of the TCM, the Kidney is the organ responsible for growth, maturation and aging,
the deficiency of Kidney yin is directly related to signs, symptoms and complications of menopause. In
addition to Kidney Yin deficiency, Clinically, menopause is seen as more of a combination of
  • Kidney yang deficiency
  • Kidney essence (jing) deficiency
  • Liver qi stagnation
  • Blood deficiency
  • Uprising deficiency heat

Therefore, treatment of menopause using Chinese medicine can be divided into two parts: primary
diagnosis and treatment, and differential diagnosis and treatment. Treatment must first and foremost be
based upon your individual diagnostic pattern. Thus A comprehensive consultation is a must in order to
find what your individual under pattern condition is and then decide what acu-points to select and what
herbs to mix up to make right customized acupuncture treatment and herbal remedy.


It is supported by modern clinical research from China and Japan. The following are just a few examples
of this voluminous research:

Zheng Yu-lan, writing in the Shandong journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, #6, 1992, Page 25-26,
reports on the herbal treatment of a number of menopausal complaints, including hot flashes, anxiety,
insomnia, night sweats, irritability, and heart palpitations.
Ren Qing-wen & Chun Zhu-ying, writing in Sichuan Traditional Chinese Medicine, #6, 1993, page 40,
report on the treatment of menopausal edema with another Chinese herbal formula. In that study, 28
our of 30 women were either cured or markedly improved in 15 days to 2 months for a total
amelioration rate of 93%

Yang Qing-fang, writing in Yunnan Traditional Chinese Medicine, #5, 1993, page 27-28, reports on the
treatment of 31 cases of menopausal syndrome with ear acupuncture. These women suffered from
menstrual irregularity, hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitations, dizziness, emotional depression,
uterine bleeding, and vexation and agitation. Tiny intradermal needles were embedded in acupoints in
their ears over a period of 1 month. 87% of the women in this study registered significant improvement.

Likewise, research in Japan has shown that menopausal and post-menopausal women using Chinese
herbs had greater bone density than women in a compassion group not using Chinese herbs (
Traditional Sino-Japanese Medicine, 13 (1992):38-43

Acupuncturists not only use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat menopausal complaints but also
typically advise patients on diet, exercise, and lifestyle, thus treating the whole person and bringing
balance to every aspect of the patient’s life.