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
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
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