Jade Xiang Chen
How Traditional Chinese Medicine treat menopause
1. What is menopause?
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her period stops. During this transition, several symptoms may appear. We refer to them as the "Menopause Syndrome". There are different stages in menopause. For example, perimenopause is when your body starting to make the natural transition. It is a time when ovarian function starts decline which later leads to the end of ovary function. The duration of menopause may vary from 1 to 10 years depending on the individual. In North America, the average age of menopause is approximately 52 years old for most women. At around the age of 45, menopause symptoms may appear, but not necessarily coincide with the time of their last period. Having medical knowledge and increasing self-awareness can definitely help women go through menopause smoothly and easily.
2. Are you experiencing the following symptoms?
Hot flashes or night sweats
Mood swing or depression
Vaginal dryness or decreased libido
Palpitations and chest tightness
Low back pain
Digestion problems or weight gain
3. Menopause problems that puzzle women:
Experiencing anxiety from their menopause symptoms:
Middle-aged women are often at the peak of their career and have busy family lives. It is often the time where they show their confidence and maturity through their great career performance. However, all of a sudden their bodies start to exhibit a series of symptoms because the ovary is facing what I would like to call “retirement”. These sudden symptoms will often bring frustration and anxiety for women. Therefore, menopause is also the period where a big physical changes happen. As a result of these changes, there is an increase in women's psychological tension.
Having fear about treatments:
When women receive hormone replacement treatment given by their doctor, they discover that it isn’t as perfect as they imagined. In fact, these treatments increase the risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and have other side effects which may lead to discontinuing menopause treatments.
4. How Traditional Chinese Medicine treats menopause:
Traditional Chinese Medicine perceives menopause as a natural stage of our lives rather than as a disease or medical condition. The appearance of symptoms during the ovary’s “retirement” is like the unpreventable vibration that people experience when planes are landing. Traditional Chinese Medicine also believes that menopause involves imbalanced “Ying” and “Yang”. By using acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet therapy, exercise, and other treatments adjusting the body, we help women to smoothly and comfortably transition through menopause and regain the "Ying" and "Yang" balanced state.