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How TCM Can Relieve The Symptoms of Menopause

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Treating menopause symptoms like migraine headaches in different parts of the world may not necessarily entail the use of the same treatment procedures. Different countries utilize different medicine beliefs and practices. When it comes to acupuncture and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine, however, Western societies have adopted these ancient Chinese modalities for the treatment of various emotional and physical maladies including menopause.

Menopause, from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is the phase in a woman’s life when her body ceases to perform the monthly reproductive cycle needed for her to reproduce. Practitioners of TCM believe that in menopause, a woman’s body has stopped menstruating in order to conserve vital energy (qi). This is to solely allocate this energy to her body as she ages.

A stark contrast exists in how women in western cultures deal with menopause as against women living in eastern societies. For the latter, menopause seems to be an uneventful event. Some argue that women in western societies usually eat a poor diet and live a stress-wracked and fast-paced lifestyle. This results in much more worse and severe symptoms of menopause for these women than their sisters in the East.

Despite the fact that menopause does indeed produce adverse symptoms TCM does not consider it to be a syndrome although they accept that menopausal women who suffer from menopause symptoms have certain issues related to their qi. This may include kidney yin deficiency and stagnant liver qi. Simply put, they suffer from an imbalance in their qi which negatively affects their body and mind.

Therefore, the aim of TCM treatment is to rectify these imbalances and treat each patient based on her unique symptoms. Acupuncture treatment is often used which is augmented by exercises, dietary and lifestyle modifications, and Chinese herbal medicine.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is anchored on the belief that the body has about 2000 acupuncture points scattered all over the body. Each of these points is connected to energy channels known as meridians that lie just underneath these points. Meridians are the energy vessels where qi is transported in every part of the body. Each of these meridians is associated with one or more internal organs. The unimpeded and normal flow of qi in the meridians means a healthy body and mind for the person.

For the treatment of menopause, the acupuncturist’s aim is to restore balance in the woman’s body. He accomplishes this by focusing treatment on acupoints directly or indirectly related to her symptoms.

The needles used in acupuncture therapy are made of stainless steel. They are extremely thin and are not the same as hypodermic needles used for injection or drawing blood. The needles are used to stimulate the energy channels and boost the flow of qi. Points on the legs, arms, shoulders, and even the feet may be selected for treatment. Under the hands of a licensed and skilled acupuncturist, the procedure is painless and will not result in bleeding or infection. A numbing or tingling sensation may be felt when a needle is inserted which rapidly vanishes and replaced by a very relaxing sensation. Treatment may last 20 minutes to an hour.

Studies have suggested that acupuncture is effective in treating menopause symptoms including:

-Vaginal dryness
-Anxiety
-Stress
-Insomnia
-Hot flashes

If you are seriously considering getting acupuncture for the relief of your menopause symptoms make sure you talk to an experienced and qualified practitioner to get the safest and best possible treatment.

 

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

Written by Valerie

July 10th, 2015 at 10:31 am

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