Menopause: Management with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs
How to reduce menopausal symptoms and feel better naturally with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine? Many women don’t realize that Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are powerful tools for reducing many uncomfortable menopausal symptoms in a natural and effective manner, and can be safely done without the use of hormone replacement therapy.
What are the symptoms of the Menopausal Transition? And what causes them?
- AnxietyShort menstrual cycles, irregular periods or skipped periods
- More severe and/or prolonged PMS symptoms
- Short menstrual cycles, irregular periods or skipped periods
- Irritability and/or weepiness
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Lower libido
- Digestive upset, constipation, bloating
- Hair lossLower libido
- And just generally not feeling like yourself
During perimenopause, one of the first things changes to occur is a reduction in ovulatory cycles, or sporadic anovulation. This is because there are fewer follicles available as the ovaries begin their natural decline away from conception. With the decline in follicle count, ovulation becomes more sporadic, leading to lower progesterone levels and erratic pulsations of follicle-stimulating hormone and estrogen. These erratic hormone levels cause symptoms that often precede the hot flashes and night sweats that we commonly associate with menopause. This is called the “early menopausal transition”.
Herbs & Supplements for Menopause
Acupuncture is just a piece of the puzzle when it comes to treating menopause effectively. Chinese herbal medicine is another piece that, when combined with acupuncture, offers a powerful one-two punch. We house a full herbal pharmacy in our clinic for our patients based on symptoms and when they are in the menopausal transition. We find that using both acupuncture and herbs helps them feel better much more quickly.