HEADLINES / TRENDS l STATS l RESEARCH l MEDIA l PEOPLE

January/February 2017

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Chinese Medicine for Menopause Relief

 

Aging isn’t all bad; the passage of time can actually bring benefits. Asian medicine practitioner Claudia Welch, MSOM, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life (Da Capo), says that as a woman ages, “she gains sagacity and insight that provide her better maps and equipment for navigating the turns and curves life offers.”

However, aging brings challenges as well. Among them are symptoms associated with menopause, when menstrual cycles stop entirely, and the time leading up to it—called
perimenopause—such as mood swings, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats and sleeplessness.

Welch says that high stress during a woman’s younger years can drain what Traditional Chinese Medicine calls her yin energy, reducing her ability to stay “grounded, cool, calm and lubricated.” This can lead to hot flashes, the symptom most women find particularly distressing, and which serve as “a good indicator of hormonal imbalance.”

TCM offers ways to find relief from menopausal symptoms. One is acupuncture, which has been found to help some women. But Chinese medicine also has a rich herbal tradition, with many plant remedies that have a long history of use by women making this crucial life transition.

One of these plants, rehmannia, is a yin-supporting herb “commonly selected for treatment of menopause by modern Chinese doctors,” says Subhuti Dharmananda, PhD, of Portland’s Institute for Traditional Medicine. Tree peony bark is an herb seen to reduce heat in the liver, which in Chinese medicine’s view of the body is the organ most affected by stress; anemarrhena and phellodendron bark are other remedies that reduce heat. Asiatic dogwood helps reduce sweating. Chinese yam is recommended to promote sleep and improve mood, while polyporus helps soothe nerves.

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