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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Menopause

Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life but the word “menopause” isn’t even a word in the Traditional Chinese Medicine vocabulary. Traditional Chinese Medicine instead deals with symptoms instead of the actual word or concept of menopause.

As we age our “Qi”/energy naturally declines.  Doing things to adjust this energy decline is important. If no adjustment is made for the energy “gap,” the body and its organs are affected. Kidney energy deficiency can be one root cause of menopausal issues since kidney energy powers many functions of the body. Another important organ that is the liver. The liver is often considered the number one organ in terms of women’s health. The liver meridian runs through the reproductive area, so when liver Qi is stagnant or weak this area will be affected. The liver also plays a role in the regulation of emotions. It’s easy to see the connection between the liver’s role in promoting regular blood flow and menstrual health, but most women are unaware of this organ’s function when it comes to regulating emotions.

To help deal with issues of menopause here are some positive things a woman can do:

  • Find a local acupuncturist and work with them to build and balance energy
  • Take herbal supplements as recommended by your acupuncturist to build liver and kidney Qi
  • Practice qigong, yoga, meditation and other relaxing exercises
  • Make positive lifestyle changes that re-balance the body from the inside out
  • Cut down on stress level
  • Avoid cold foods and drinks
  • Include seafood and fresh leafy vegetables in your diet
  • Take time each day to relax and enjoy yourself

Give us a call at Acupuncture Alternatives for an appointment to discuss how Traditional Chinese Medicine may be able to help you – 480 671 5178.

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