Menopause is a natural, physiological cycle that occurs
in all women. Conventional medical treatments only
address various symptoms and signs associated with
menopause. However, symptoms and signs are just one part
of the whole picture.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine understand that
symptoms and signs are merely indications of an
imbalance deep within the body. This 5,000 year-old
healing art focuses upon correcting underlying
imbalances that have occurred over the years. These
imbalances, if left unchecked will result in a variety
of symptoms and signs normally associated with a Western
diagnosis of menopause.
and a woman's natural process
Menopause signifies "a change" within a woman's life.
This change occurs because a woman's body chemistry is
shifting. Chinese medicine recognizes this chemistry
change as a natural process. Estrogen is similar to what acupuncturists call Jing
Qi. Jing Qi is like a gift that is given to all of
us at the time of conception. It is the battery that
provides us with the basic energy to power all our life
functions. When Jing Qi is abundant, our ability to
adapt to disease, illness and stress is optimal. As
we age, our supply of Jing Qi energy is slowly drained.
Generally Jing Qi naturally begins to decline between
the ages of 35 to 60, although some people drain it
faster than others. When Jing Qi declines, the organ
systems within our body become unbalanced. This leads to
various symptoms and signs, such as graying hair, loss
of libido, weakness of knees, urinary difficulty, poor
memory, backache and fatigue.
Another factor that can contribute to menopause is an
imbalance in Yin and Yang energies.
One possible scenario is all imbalance caused by the
slowing of the flow of Yin. Yin can be thought of as the
cooling system of the body. When this cooling system
declines, heat symptoms will naturally arise leading to
night sweats, restlessness, hot flashes, mood swings,
heart palpitations and insomnia. The
decline of Yang energy can also lead to imbalance. Yang
represents the warming and metabolizing functions of the
body. When Yang is unbalanced, symptoms may include
water retention, cold hands and feet, weight gain,
edema, indigestion, hypertension or raised cholesterol
untreated, a decline and imbalance of Jing, Yin or Yang
will lead to the symptoms and signs that are normally
associated with a Western diagnosis of menopause.
What can an Acupuncturist
acupuncturist like Dr. Kimberly Nguyen will conduct a thorough
evaluation and a complete health history. The symptoms,
signs and other information that is gathered are pieces
of the diagnostic health puzzle. Putting together this
puzzle allows your practitioner to develop a unique
treatment plan that will address each patient's
When treating menopausal
symptoms, the Acupuncturist must
first determine where the energy has changed, and what
Organ Systems have become unbalanced. Once this is
known, various natural therapies such as Acupuncture,
Herbs, meditation, Qi Gong and diet can be used to
correct the imbalances.
How Jing Qi can be drained:
Over doing it
Burning the candle
at both ends
standing for long periods
activities (sexual, alcohol, drugs, late
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine offer a safe, natural,
drug-free and effective way to address menopause.
Treatment supports the healing energies of Jing, Yin and
Yang, providing the body with the building blocks it
needs in order to nourish, heal and regain balance.