Managing Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture and Herbs
Using Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine to Help Manage Menopause
In the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, women are considered to be Yin and men are considered to be Yang. However, throughout women’s lives, we lose little by little the Yin essence we were born with. This is due to overwork, childbirth, and the natural aging process. While going through menopause women can experience hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, dry mouth, and anxiety. All of which are considered symptoms of Yin Deficiency. When the symptoms are severe, some women may have Yin Deficiency with Internal Fire. Here at Healing with Zen we use acupuncture and herbs to help with managing menopause symptoms.
Acupuncture and herbs during this special time can help you balance the hormones, nourish the Yin, and calm the Shen (mind). The sooner you take action to manage menopause symptoms the better. With support you can enjoy high-quality of sleep and a stable mood, which translate to better health for now and later down the road!
Self-care During Menopause
During your self-care routine you can gently massage the point Spleen 6 (San Yin Jiao) for only three minutes a day to nourish your Yin. The name of this point is called Three Yin Intersection in Chinese, meaning all three foot Yin meridians intersect at this point. To find the point, use four of your finger widths above the tip of the medial malleolus. The point is mostly likely to be sensitive and tender, especially for women.
Recommended Herbs for Menopause
At Healing with Zen, we create herbal formulas customized to your conditions and needs. Here is a list of some of the herbs that we would include in your formulas. These herbs are traditionally used for nourishing yin and therefore are used to ease the various symptoms during menopause:
- Rehmannia Cured Root tuber (Shu Di Huang)
- Dendrobium officinale (Shi Hu)
- Fructus Ligustri Lucidi (Nv Zhen Zi)
- Rhizoma Polygonati (Huang Jing)
- Semen Cuscutae (Tu Si Zi)
- White Peony Root (Bai Shao)
We also can make recommendations as to the supplements that can be taken for ovarian support and hormone balance.