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A Combo Of TCM Therapies Can Help You Get Rid Of Menopausal Symptoms

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The foundation of TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine lies in the belief that there are pathways of energy called meridians running throughout the body. The energy that flows through these channels is called chi or qi, which is the life force or vital energy of a person. When one thinks of traditional Chinese medicine, what most probably comes to mind is acupuncture in Spokane. If you have no idea what the ancient art of acupuncture is all about, it is the administration of ultra-thin solid small, sterile, disposable needles into the skin at preselected points in the body called “acupuncture points” or acupoints, for short, wherein a meridian or meridians are thought to be blocked, depending on the illness of a person.

A practitioner of TCM inserts needles onto certain predetermined acupoints to eliminate the blockage in the meridian or to re-channel the flow of chi to restore smooth circulation throughout the body. The World Health Organization has cited acupuncture as a valid way to treat more than 44 conditions including tendonitis, allergies, stress, asthma, sports injuries, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, pre-menstrual syndrome, flu and colds, insomnia, constipation, infertility, depression, heart problems, depression, headache, and gynecological disorders.

Although the most well-known mode of healing of traditional Chinese medicine is acupuncture, it is followed closely by Chinese herbal medicine and massage (also referred to as Oriental bodywork),moxa or moxibustion therapy, which is another extremely powerful form of Chinese medicine therapy. The healing art of moxibustion involves the burning of mugwort herb or moxaon or near the skin, especiallyon acupoints. It is used to stimulate and strengthen the flow of chi and bloodand, alsoto maintain health and well-being, eliminate cold conditions and provide relief of pain, and cure diseases. Lately, however, there has been an escalation in the number of people using moxibustion for one specific purpose: for menopausetreatment and its symptoms.

Nutritionaldeficiencies,hot flashes, night sweats,mood swings, and irregular periods are all tell-talemenopausesymptoms. The Western treatment of HRT or hormone-replacement therapy is the most commonly used solution for relieving menopause discomforts. HRT involves the use of estrogen,as well as a simulated type of progesterone called progestin in the patient’s body to suppress the symptoms. Unfortunately, there is news that HRT produces longstanding effects detrimental to the health of the user. Women who took HRT exhibited a high risk for blood clots, stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. All-natural holistic therapies such as moxibustion and acupuncture are safe and equally effective options to HRT that don’t’ bring about negative side effects to the patient.

Besides moxibustion, acupuncture is another ideal option to HRT. Research efforts have shown it to work in the easing of menopausal symptoms. In 2007, research done by the School of Medicine of Stanford University showed acupuncture meaningfully reducing the severity of hot flashes at night. The study recruited 29 women with postmenopausal symptoms who were suffering from a minimum of seven hot flashes a day. The scale of discomfort of the hot flashes were moderate to excruciating. At the end of the study, the severity of nocturnal hot flashes of the group treated with acupuncture lessened by 28 percent in contrast to the six percent of the placebo group.

Chinese herbal medicine is another extremely potent weapon for menopausal symptoms. One particular herb known as black cohosh can cure a gamut of symptoms, including headaches, heart palpitations, and hot flashes. In addition, St. John’s Wortcan be used to treat mild forms of anxiety and depression. Since herbs can stabilize the amounts of all three important hormones in the female body – testosterone, progestin, and estrogen– herbal formulas have demonstrated the beneficial that could help cure menopausal symptoms.

Asan alternative to HRT,non-estrogenic herbs are more and more being usedas substitutes. Herbal formulas,which can address hormonal problems without the use of artificial hormones into the body are called “non-estrogenic,” and these herbs are being widely used in countries such as Germany, Japan, and France and physicians more often than not prescribe these herbs for treating menopause symptoms.

Each woman has her own unique constitution, and the range and severity of her menopausal symptoms vary considerably. TCM,unlike most Western modalities, concocts a treatment plan especially designed for the patient. InChinese medicine,there is no one-size-fits-all. Practitioners of this ancient Chinese art can provide help to women suffering from menopause by formulating a treatment plan thatspecifically works for each of them—and the treatment may be a combination of massage, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and moxibustion. Andthe best thing about this is that there are no side effects.

Written by Valerie

January 29th, 2019 at 1:07 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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