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Women's Health - Menopause

Woman Practicing Yoga in Sunset - Acupuncture Treatments for Menopause

Benefits of TCM on Menopause

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides effective and natural treatment for menopause, aiming to guide every woman through this stage with no signs or symptoms. Menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, insomnia, depression, and dryness, stem from the body's imbalance. Utilizing acupuncture and herbal remedies, TCM can restore balance, alleviating symptoms without any side effects.

Acupuncture rebalances the hormonal system, addressing headaches, migraines, hot flashes, heavy periods, back pain, and sagging skin tone. For perimenopausal women, it offers relief from heavy and erratic menstrual bleeding. Acupuncture also eases menstrual pain and headaches. Furthermore, it positively impacts insomnia and stress, enhancing Qi (chi) mobilization to improve memory and concentration in the nervous system.

Understanding Menopause in Chinese Medicine: Exploring the Role of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The female system is an exquisitely intricate and balanced entity within the creative universe. A woman is a marvel to behold, but the delicately tuned intricacies of her body can easily become unbalanced or obstructed, leading to pain and impaired function. When imbalances occur, the union between mind and body may be disrupted, causing a loss of the accustomed oneness with oneself, ultimately resulting in physiological and emotional issues.

The core principle of Chinese Medicine revolves around restoring balance within the human body.

  • Yin represents the nourishment of the body, embodying feminine qualities such as rest and coolness.

  • Yang, on the other hand, encompasses the body's functions, reflecting masculine attributes like activity and heat.

Vital Substances:

  • Blood: A renewable substance

  • Essence: The genetic dosage that gradually depletes over time

Gender-Specific Dependencies:

  • Men rely on Qi (activity/Yang)

  • Women depend on Blood/Essence (nourishment, Yin) as the foundation of their reproductive cycle, including fertility, childbirth, and lactation. Blood plays a more significant role than just being linked to menstruation.

Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture aim to stimulate the body's natural healing ability. In our approach, we consider not only the patient's physical health but also their mental and emotional state, viewing them as a complete entity encompassing the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects rather than merely addressing isolated body parts.

Through acupuncture, many menopausal symptoms can be alleviated by rebalancing the hormonal system, targeting issues like headaches, migraines, hot flashes, heavy periods, back pain, and sagging skin tone. For perimenopausal women experiencing heavy and erratic menstrual bleeding, acupuncture offers relief. Additionally, it can ease menstrual pain, headaches, insomnia, and stress, while enhancing the mobilization of Qi (chi) to the nervous system, thereby supporting memory and concentration.

Prevention and Self-Help:

Three Main Principles:

  1. Maintain emotional balance through daily relaxation techniques.

  2. Engage in physical activities like exercise, Taichi, Qigong, yoga, and meditation.

  3. Optimize your diet.

Nine Food Steps:

  1. Increase tofu and soy consumption.

  2. Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet.

  3. Incorporate beans into your meals regularly.

  4. Consume the right fats in appropriate quantities.

  5. Make wise beverage choices by prioritizing water, a glass or two of milk, and a glass of orange (or other citrus), carrot, or purple grape juice daily. Limit coffee, caffeinated beverages, soda, and alcohol.

  6. Avoid eating at night.

  7. Consume calcium-rich foods daily.

  8. Minimize calorie intake by avoiding high-fat and high-sugar foods.

  9. Add flaxseed to your diet.

The Estrogen Food List

  • Legumes: Alfalfa, black-eyed peas, chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Green or French beans, green peas, lentils, mung bean sprouts, navy beans, peanuts, red beans (adzuki beans), red clover, soybeans, soy sprouts, split or field peas.

  • Oils: Corn, flaxseed, olive, sesame, soybean, sunflower & canola oils.

  • Vegetables: Beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, green peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, pumpkin, rhubarb, seaweeds, squash, sweet potatoes, yams.

  • Spices & Herbs: Black cohosh, cloves, dong gui, fennel, ginger, hops, licorice, sage, tea, thyme, turmeric.

  • Seeds: Flaxseed, sesame seed, anise seed, pumpkinseed, sunflower.

  • Fruits: Apple, cherries, grapes, olives, papaya, pears, plums, pomegranates, prunes.

  • Cereals/Grains: Barley, corn, oats, rice, rye, wheat.

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