Symptoms that may occur during menopause:
- “hot flushes”: the body temperature increases (may be day or night)
- insomnia, which causes chronic fatigue from the many sleepless nights
- osteoporosis (bone demineralization)
- mucosae of the skin, vagina and bladder become drier so more infections occur
- digestion problems and weight gain
- hot flushes can cause dizziness, migraine, tinnitus and even increased blood pressure
- greying and thinning hair, hair loss
- emotional symptoms: depression, anxiety, irritability, stress
In most women, the menopause starts in the late 40s. The menstruation cycle changes, becomes less regular and finally stops. Once menstruation stops for 12 consecutive months, we call it menopause. This is due to a decrease in the female hormone: oestrogen. Some women have many symptoms during this phase, others do not.
Chinese Medicine sees the menopause as a natural transition phase in the life of a woman. It is balanced by physical and mental changes. This transition does not always run smoothly, as is shown by the symptoms that women experience, which together with emotional swings, can be very disturbing and all-consuming. Acupuncture helps the body find a new balance by tackling the disturbances.
Kidney energy is the basis of life and of the reproductive hormones. When there is an imbalance, the Yin (cooling ) energy can no longer control the Yang (the warming energy), so there are symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. The same goes for the moistening function of mucosal tissue. When there is not enough Yin, the skin, vagina, and bladder become drier. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can act as a replacement for hormonal therapies. All symptoms are viewed as a whole, and each woman is treated according to her specific symptoms.