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Put your Hot Flashes on Ice: Natural Solutions for Menopausal Symptoms

Posted Feb 08 2010 8:33am

Have you been disappointed by the quality of life that you’ve experienced since beginning menopause?  While this is a natural progression of women’s hormonesthe symptoms are described by many of our patients as uncomfortableintolerableand seemingly unnatural.  FortunatelyChinese medicine has numerous solutions that can bring comfort and calm to your life. This transition into menopause while naturalbrings with it a number of new challenges that can affect a woman’s quality of life.  You might experience both emotional and physical symptoms such as hot flashesnight sweatsirritabilityanxietydepressioninsomniatirednessfatigueand difficulty concentrating.  The time tested help of Chinese medicine may be the solution you’ve been seeking.

What’s All the Fuss About

Conventional medical research has proven that menopausal symptoms arise from a decrease in ovarian function leading to the decline in the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone.  As a resultHormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is frequently prescribed to replace these hormones.  In essencethis therapy confuses the body into believing that the ovaries are still properly functioning.  This method of treatment has been effective in stopping many of the aforementioned symptoms. Howeverthere has recently been controversy surrounding the use of HRTwith studies showing that its use may lead to an increased risk of breast and endometrial cancer. Because of conflicting studies for and against HRTmany women face uncertainty in choosing between either HRT while risking potential health hazards or using nothing which may lead to unwanted symptoms.

A Time Tested Safe Alternative

Chinese herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years and has been used effectively to treat the symptoms of menopause. The strength of Chinese medicine lies in the way in which it assimilates each individual’s signs and symptoms into clinical patterns that have a variety of solutions already worked out. Your care is always customized. By addressing the person as a wholepractitioners of Chinese medicine are able to put together landscaped pictures of each individual’s constitution.  Once we have the picturewe are able to treat the condition.  Thus not all women suffering from menopause are treated the same.  In fact we may have ten different patients with similar symptoms related to menopauseand yet when we step back and see the whole picture we notice their patterns to be completely differentand thus require different modes of treatment.

A Case of the Hot Flash Blues

When Mrs. R. came to see meshe looked weakpale and in need of respite from hourly hot flasheswhich she called her “personal summers”.  Her hot flashes would happen frequently and at the most inconvenient timesduring meetings with her bosswhile out with friendsanywhere.  The “personal summers” would come on fast and furious causing her fan herself in attempt to cool that heat rising from somewhere inside her chest up to her face.  But that wasn’t all.  At night she would have hourly hot flashes and night sweats.  Sometimes the sweating was so bad that she would need a change of clothing.  Every night it was the same thingover and over: the heatthe sweatsthe lack of sleep.  Eventually her discomfort became unbearable.  She was exhausted; she even felt her bones ache.  She couldn’t concentrateand she often seemed to snap at her husband.  Willing to try anythingshe began a course of Chinese herbal medicine that I recommended.  Within two days of taking the herbsher symptoms disappeared.  Mrs. R. took the herbs for two months. After the second monthshe was able to go off the herbs for two months until her hot flashes returnedat which time we resumed treatment.  Mrs. R. has told me that she feels like she has her life back.

An Herbal Recipe for Success

While not all women will respond as quickly as Mrs. R. most women should see changes within the first month of treatment. As the symptoms alleviate we will be able to slowly decrease your herbal dosage.  Once the symptoms are minimal to non-existent we can stop treatment and resume on an as needed basis.

Every year 1.3 million women in the United States enter menopause. Some women experience little to no changes in lifewhereas others are affected from anywhere between 4-8 years.  Using Chinese medicine will give you the benefit of thousands of years of experience treating menopause to help you get your life back under control.

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