Menopause is a transitional period in a woman’s body, following absence of any menstrual period for at least 12 months. This time of change may last a few months to several years. Eastern medicine recognizes this chemistry change as a natural process. As the female body tries to adapt decreasing amounts of estrogen, symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, vaginal dryness, headaches, joint pain and weight gain come about in varying degrees.
The mental and emotional symptoms that you are experiencing will help create a clear picture on which your practitioners can create a treatment plan specifically for you. The basic foundation for Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi.
This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.
Acupuncture and Eastern medicine understand that these symptoms and signs are merely indications of an imbalance deep within the body. These imbalances, if left unchecked, will result in a variety of symptoms and signs normally associated with a Western diagnosis of menopause.
The organ systems within our body become unbalanced. This leads to various symptoms and signs, such as graying hair, loss of libido, weakness of knees, urinary difficulty, poor memory, backache and fatigue.
Another factor that can contribute to menopause is an imbalance in Yin and Yang energies. Slowing of the flow of Yin can be a possible cause of this imbalance. Yin can be thought of as the cooling system of the body. When this cooling system declines, heat symptoms will naturally arise, leading to night sweats, restlessness, hot flashes, mood swings, heart palpitations and insomnia.
The decline of Yang energy can also lead to imbalance. Yang represents the warming and metabolizing functions of the body. When Yang is unbalanced, symptoms may include water retention, cold hands and feet, weight gain, edema, indigestion, hypertension, or raised cholesterol levels.
What can acupuncture do for Menopause?
When treating menopausal symptoms, we must first determine where the energy has changed, and what organ systems have become unbalanced. After consultation, various natural therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, acupressure and diet can be used to correct the imbalances.
Acupuncture helps menopause. And Eastern medicine offer a safe, natural, drug-free and effective way to address menopause. Treatment supports the healing energies of Qi, Yin and Yang, providing the body with the building blocks it needs in order to nourish, heal and regain balance.