TCM Women’s Health
Menopause is a natural process and typically occurs in women 45-55 yrs old. During menopause, several women experience irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and many other problems that may persist for many years. These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalance and can lead to higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, urinary tract disease and dermatological conditions.
From TCM’s perspective, the cause of these symptoms is due to kidney yin and/or yang deficiency. The severity of symptoms varies according to the individual and is affected by her lifestyle, body constitution and past medical history.
No two women experience menopause in the same way. TCM studies the variety of symptoms to diagnose the internal disharmonies. TCM herbs can be administered to adjust the ovaries’ function to balance hormone secretions and improve blood circulation to help the internal organs to regain proper function. Sometimes acupuncture is recommended to relieve symptoms. Studies have shown that acupuncture can almost totally relieve symptoms.
Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), menstrual irregularities and PMS may be tolerable, but they indicate underlying imbalances in your body.
From a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective, such irregularities can be due to various factors like over exertion, emotional stress, excessive physical work (including over-exercising), exposure to cold, and weakness in the liver system.
The liver’s function is to maintain a free flow of qi and blood through the body. When this energy is disrupted it causes menstrual irregularities. Blood and energy have to fill all the meridians and organs and descend to the uterus for normal menstruation to occur. An imbalance in the liver system leads to disharmony of qi and blood, thus affecting the menstrual cycle resulting in symptoms like period cramps or PMS.
Our physician uses various modalities like acupunctureand herbs to treat menstrual irregularities according to your situation.