Chinese Medicine Approach to Menopause

Menopausal symptoms in Chinese Medicine (CM) are diagnosed and treated not as individual symptoms but are viewed as collections of symptoms, known in CM as ‘syndromes’.

Below are the most common syndromes diagnosed in CM with their associated symptoms:

Kidney Yin Xu

  • Delayed or very light periods

  • Dryness of vagina or dry vaginal secretions

  • Hair loss

  • Dizziness and/or tinnitus

  • Hot flushes and/or night sweats

  • Heat or agitation in the chest, palms and feet

  • Itchy skin / Feelings of ‘skin crawling’

  • Sore and weak lower back and/or knees

Liver Qi Stasis

  • Irritability

  • Nervousness or excessive agitation

  • Abdominal bloating

  • Palpitations

  • Emotional instability

Xue Shu

  • Dizziness when standing up

  • Dry skin

  • Muscle pain or cramping in the evenings

  • Pale or washed out complexion

Kidney Yang Xu

  • Unusually heavy menstrual bleeding

  • Intermittent or complete cessation of menstruation

  • Soreness and weak lower back and knees

  • Puffy or swollen face and or limbs

  • Cold limbs

  • Loose stools

  • Frequent urination or urinary incontinence

Chinese Medicine offers various treatment options to address the symptoms associated with menopause.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into the body to give symptom relief according to CM diagnosis and to promote relaxation and overall wellbeing.

The WHO (World Health Organisation) recognises acupuncture as treatment which has a number of therapeutic benefits.

Chinese Massage Therapy (Tui Na)

Chinese Massage Therapy, known as Tui Na, uses different techniques - kneading, rolling, pressing, warming, dispersing tension - to apply pressure to acupuncture points and wider areas on the body to treat health conditions.

Tui Na and Acupressure have been shown to demonstrate effectiveness for improving health in a number of studies in China and Europe (see them here).

Qi Gong

Most people are familiar with Tai Qi. Qi Gong is somewhat similar but involves the use of prescribed movements, breathing, visualisation and meditation techniques for general well being and for specific conditions. Among many other benefits,Qi Gong aids relaxation which in turn helps to reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms. At the clinic we show you sets of daily Qi Gong exercises to support your health during the menopause.

Chinese Medicine Treatment at OxAC

At OxAC we find that treatment is most effective when a combination of acupuncture, Chinese massage and Qi Gong exercises are used.

However, all treatment methods are beneficial on their own so if you have a preference just for Chinese massage or to learn Qi Gong please let us know.

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