Menopause is not an illness. Rather, it is a transitional period, which marks the cessation of ovulation in a woman’s body. This change may last for several months or several years as the body adapts to decreasing amounts of estrogen. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, vaginal dryness, skin changes, headaches, joint pain and weight gain.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective in reducing the symptoms of acupuncture, and many clinical studies support this claim. This is because Chinese Medicine does not recognize menopause as one particular condition. Rather, it aims to treat the specific set of symptoms that are unique to each woman. Thus, for each woman that comes into the office I recommend a different course of action. Many of my patients have successfully weathered this difficult transition with a combination of acupuncture, herbs, diet and exercise.
Menopause doesn’t have to be so oppressive. Instead, it can mark the beginning of a woman’s most inspired and productive time of life. In Chinese medicine it is seen as a necessary and regal transition in the cycle of life from “the mother” to the “enlightened and wise woman”. I honor this idea.