The menopause is when a woman ceases to have periods, and is unable to get pregnant naturally. It is a natural part of the aging process, and usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. The U.K. average age for women to reach menopause is 51.
Although the menopause is a natural change, it does not always go smoothly. Women going through the menopause can suffer from hot flushes, night sweating, insomnia, depression, headaches and migraines, reduced libido, memory and concentration problems or loss of calcium, leading to osteoporosis.
Treating Menopause with TCM
The diagnosis for menopausal symptoms in Chinese medicine is likely to be an imbalance between the Liver and Kidneys, with weakness in the Kidneys and Blood deficiency. A Chinese medicine practitioner will use Acupuncture to help, but in the more serious cases herbal medicine is usually more effective in restoring the body’s internal balance and the balance of the hormones.
In Chinese medicine, Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae), Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Preparata), Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) and Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) are commonly used. These work well and do not produce the side-effects sometimes involved in hormonal treatment.
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