Menopause Focus with Acupuncture and Herbs

Menopause Focus with Acupuncture and Herbs

Entering the menopause as women move away from child-bearing age can bring its fair share of challenges. Physical and emotional changes which can affect our already busy and stressful lives can lead some of us to consider taking hormone replacement therapy, rather than managing the transition naturally.

 

It also seems that the trend for women experiencing peri-menopausal symptoms is happening earlier in our mid-late thirties, yet the age for having gone through the menopause remains the same, late fifties-sixties. So, it’s possible that many women could be experiencing the hot-flashes, mood changes and sleep disturbances for up to 10 years earlier and therefore longer than our previous generation.

 

Why is this happening? One explanation is that as a nation we are entering puberty earlier. Our weight and height has increased so hormone production begins sooner and ends sooner as a result. Our lives are also far busier and we are exposed to far more hormone disrupting toxins than our predecessors. Cleaning products, exhaust fumes, chemicals in make-up are all known to unbalance our oestrogen levels.

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From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, many of the symptoms are those displayed are classed as Yin Deficiency. Typical Yin deficiency is where we have a deficiency of body fluids and we can become hot and dry. Dry skin, vaginal dryness, constant thirst and extremely hot palms of our hands and soles of our feet. This dryness can lead to the typical hot flashes and night sweats. Sadly, it’s not as simple as increasing our water intake, although, this is always a good decision.

 

A recent study reported in the Daily Mail, tells how having Acupuncture reduced menopausal night sweats and hot flashes by up to 40%.  At last, a non-hormonal answer to the misery of the menopause!

So, how does it work? Very fine Acupuncture needles are placed in acupuncture points along channels which relate to the major organs within the body. The Kidney organ is responsible for our growth and reproduction in Chinese Medicine, so activating this channel will activate the movement of Water through the body. Acupuncture needles may also be placed locally on the scalp or retained in the ear using seeds. The needles are retained for up to 25mins. Many people notice an extreme sense of relaxation.

Tryptophan, an essential amino acid needed for growth, development and for creating serotonin in the body, is important to increase through the peri-menopause stage. Foods high in Tryptophan include foods include nuts, seeds, tofu, cheese, organic meats such as chicken and turkey, fish, oats, beans, lentils, and eggs.

Increasing your iron levels is also recommended. Imagine oil in a car, this is what Iron does for your body, it cools and moisturises. So, plenty of dark leafy greens, watercress and beetroot.

As well as increasing some foods, it’s important to decrease energetically heating foods such as chocolate, alcohol and spices.

Naturopathic Acupuncture offers a highly rewarding career choice and the chance to make a real difference in people’s lives.

For more information on how acupuncture can help you or to book an appointment, you can contact Amanda Bedding through her page on the Centre Website

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The Centre for Integral Health was started in 2013 by director Ben Calder after studying Integral theory since 2011 and over 10 years of professional practice of kinesiology and Bowen fascia Release Technique, coupled with the desire to explore the application of the Integral Model in relation to health.

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