From a Chinese Medicine perspective menopause is when we no longer lose blood through our monthly cycle, our energy is freed up to focus on ourselves and our wisdom.  After nurturing others it is now time to reflect, become more spiritual and re-focus on our own identity to express ourselves.

Some women breeze through this life transition with hardly a symptom, others are debilitated for years with hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, loss of libido and urinary tract infections.   These symptoms are a sign that your body is out of balance and severity depends on diet and habits throughout life such as overwork, irregular diet and emotional stress.

Western medicine often recommends Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to counteract these symptoms.  HRT has been linked to breast and endometrial cancer.

The good news is that Chinese Medicine can offer a safe, natural  and effective way to support you through the physical and emotional changes – menopause is a natural progression and life stage and should not be a struggle.  Changes can usually be noticed in the first month of treatment and a usual course is 3-6 months.

It is also  important to make life-style changes to include weight-bearing exercise and adapt  a healthy diet to maintain bone health.

The average Australian woman spends one third of her life post-menopause, therefore, additional care is essential to ensure quality of life during this life stage.

I have some lines on my face from fifty years of life.  They tell me of years in the sun, of sorrows, of joys.  They tell me of time.  They tell me I have lived and that I am still alive.  They can’t be erased.  They can be softened….Do I long for the smooth-skinned, freckled-faced  kid I once was?  No.  I long for the same thing today that I longed for then:  to be the best I am able to be.

(From “Always a Woman, Kaylan Pickford)

 

Recommended Website and Books

www.womeninbalance.org

“The Wisdom of Menopause” – Dr Christianne Northrup

“Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: – Dr Christianne Northrup

“The Greatest Experiment ever Performed On Women” – Barbara Seaman

“Hormone Heresy” – Sherrill Sellman