Menopause & Perimenopause

The peri-menopausal years leading to the final ending of the menstrual cycle and menopause, bring about enormous changes to the female system. This is a natural and inevitable shift in a woman’s life, but it does not mean that accompanying symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, and depression have to be suffered nor accepted with resignation.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the Kidney organ system manages our Yin and Yang energies which oversee the total energy of the body; our vitality and vigor, fertility and libido, and the ability to create and sustain life. It's certainly no small job managing growth, development and aging!

Menopause is a normal transition that TCM views as the depletion of Yin and Yang. The loss of Yin fluids correlates with western medical thought regarding estrogen depletion, leading to vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, as well as other imbalances such as insomnia and anxiety. The decline of Yang energy can manifest as slow metabolism, low libido, weight gain, and reduced energy levels.

Yin and Yang are naturally expended over a lifetime from work, stress, childbirth, illness, and just the strain of day-to-day living. This can lead to the onset of hormonal imbalance as women in their 40s-50s begin to experience menstrual irregularities, shifts in body temperatures, mood swings, poor sleep, and lowered energy.

Treatment with acupuncture and herbs as well as some supplements and life style adjustments can effectively help balance and nourish Yin and Yang in order to subdue the symptoms of peri-menopausal discomfort.

With ongoing controversies around hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the potentially harmful side effects, acupuncture and herbs offers a safe an effective alternative. A recent study showed that acupuncture reduced symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats by significant amounts in women undergoing care.

We will work together to create a thoughtful self-care plan to suite your lifestyle that will keep you feeling balanced and moving forward gracefully.

“Evidence from RCTs (randomized control trials) supports the use of acupuncture as an adjunctive or stand-alone treatment for reducing VMSs (vasomotor symptoms) and improving HRQOL (health related quality of life) outcomes.” **

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