How does Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine help Menopause?
Many studies show Traditional Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture) not only treat symptoms but adjust and restore hormones. According to TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine) during menopause transition, Kidney energy diminishes and acupuncture can restore this energy, slow down the aging process and reduce menopausal symptoms.
The menopausal transition is an excellent time to create a healthy body. In healthy woman this transition is smooth. When this process is not harmonious, symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, irritability and varicose veins appear. According to World Health Organization (WHO) many disorders including gynecological issues can be treated effectively with Acupuncture.
- Increases blood flow to uterus, normalize hormones & endocrine system
- Reduce anxiety, stress by by releasing endorphins (feeling good hormones)
- Results symptomatic relief & at the same time root problem will be addressed.
Heavy bleeding (flooding)
Excessive bleeding and short cycles are common symptoms during menopausal years. Many women suffer from this debilitating condition and will end up going through unnecessary hysterectomy.
Causes: In Western medicine fibroid, endometriosis and high amounts of progesterone are among etiologies of excessive bleeding.
Common complaints:”10 days of heavy flow then spotting for few days and then another period in 10 days” or “change my pads every hour” so you are not alone.
I have had great success treating this condition with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Each individual has a different constitution with different symptoms, which will be evaluated in my clinic before prescribing herbal remedy or use acupuncture.
In Chinese medicine, excessive menstrual bleeding is often associated with a liver and or spleen that cannot hold the blood. This will cause yin and blood deficiency.
Signs and symptoms: weakness, coldness, dizziness, ringing in the ear, swelling, heart palpitation, nervousness and many other signs and symptoms.
Therapeutic foods to build yin:
Wheat germ, wheat berries, millet, barley, tofu, string beans, black beans, mung beans and its sprouts, kidney beans and most other beans, potato, seaweed, spirulina, blueberry, mulberry, clam, egg, pork, sesame seed (beneficial in case of constipation with dry stool), aloe Vera gel.
Loss of blood means loss of IRON. Replenish iron by eating foods such as:
Sardines, raisins, salmon, dried fruit, yellow/orange vegetables, potatoes, mushrooms, many legumes and grains, nuts and seeds, seaweeds and whole wheat are great source of IRON.
Disorders associated with blood deficiency are anemia; nervousness, low back pain and headache worsen after period.
Folic acid is found in micro-algae, leafy greens, sprouts and chlorophyll rich foods.
Foods to avoid:
Coffee, alcohol, tobacco, refined sugar, soy drinks or soy protein powder.