Amanda Cox | Acupuncture Melbourne


 
Menopause
 
     
 
   

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Menopausal Syndrome
The menopause is a time of great change as the body shifts into a different gear. Defined as the cessation of menses, menopausal syndrome most commonly effects women between the ages of 48 and 55. For some women menopause is gentle and does not effect them a great deal, however for others menopausal syndrome can make it difficult to carry on with normal life.

Whilst the Western medicine treatment of choice for menopausal syndrome is HRT, recent reports of associated side-effects mean that many women are looking for a more natural solution. Traditional Chinese Medicine can help to support your body throughout the menopause and allow you to move gently through this phase.
 

The change in hormone levels during the perimenopause and menopause, particularly the decline in oestrogen levels can cause many symptoms to arise. These include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, tiredness, insomnia, headaches, mood swings, forgetfulness and loss of libido (Melby 2005; Bachmann 1999).

In terms of Chinese Medicine there is a natural decline in energy at this time, particularly the energy related to the Kidney Meridian, which supports the body’s overall energy (Yin and Yang) and oversees menstruation and reproduction.
 

Acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause by:

  • regulating serum estradiol, follicle stimulating hormone and luteotrophic hormone (Xia 2008);

  • increasing relaxation and reducing tension (Samuels 2008).
    Increasing endorphins (Han, 2004).

  • stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors,(Pomeranz, 1987, Zijlstra 2003, Cheng 2009).