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
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
Nervousness or excessive agitation
Dizziness when standing up
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
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).
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.