The peri-menopausal years leading to the final ending of the menstrual cycle brings about enormous changes to the female body. This is an 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 endured 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 is certainly no small job managing growth, development and aging.
Menopause is a normal transition that TCM views as the depletion of Yin fluids (this correlates with western medical thought regarding estrogen depletion), which leads to symptoms such as night sweats, insomnia and anxiety, and the decline of Yang energy which can manifest as slow metabolism, low libido, 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 really help balance and nourish Yin and Yang in order to subdue the symptoms of menopausal discomfort.