Which symptoms appear during the menopause?
- disturbed temperature regulation (occurs both during the day and at night): the body temperature rises. These are the famous “hot flashes”
- insomnia, with as a consequence chronic fatigue due to long-term sleepless nights
- osteoporosis or bone demineralization
- mucosae of the skin, vagina and bladder become more dry, so infections occur more easily
- digestion problems and weight gain
- heat surges can give rise to dizziness, migraine, tinnitus and even increased blood pressure
- greying and thinning of the hairs, hair loss
- emotional symptoms: heavy heartedness, anxiety, irritation and irritability; sensitivity to stress
In most women, the menopause starts around the age of 47 years. The menstruation cycle changes, becomes more irregular and finally quits. When the menstruation does not occur for 12 consecutive months, we speak of menopause. This is due to the decrease in female hormone: oestrogen.
Some women experience many symptoms during the phase, others do not.
The menopause is seen in TCM as a natural transition phase in the life of a woman. The balance is made as it were with the changes in the physical and mental area. This transition often does not run so smoothly, as is shown by the symptoms that women experience. The symptoms and emotional swings can be very disturbing and sometimes take over one’s life. Acupuncture helps the body to find a new balance by tackling the disturbances.
The Kidney energy is at the base of life and stand for the reproductive hormones. When a imbalance exists between these two poles, for example the Yin (cooling ) energy can no longer control the Yang (the warming energy), one starts to develop symptoms such as hot flashes and nocturnal sweating. The same for the moistening function of our mucosal tissues. When there is not enough Yin, the skin, vagina and bladder become drier. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can act as a replacement of hormonal therapies. All symptoms are being viewed as a whole and it works for each woman on her specific symptoms.