Menopause has been documented in ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine texts for over 2,000 years. Chinese Medicine considers that when women reach around 50 years of age, their Yin and Yang requires rebalancing.
This is due to the body transitioning from one life stage to another. For the body at this time, the energy of the Kidneys decline and the ovaries stop producing eggs. During this stage, it is easy for the Yin and Yang of the body to become unbalanced, which results in the many symptoms experienced by women going through menopause.
What are common symptoms?
Hot flushes and sweating are common symptoms experience during female menopause period.
On top of them, here are some of the most other common symptoms may encountered in our clinic:
anxiety, depression, insomnia, irregular periods, reduced sexual drive (libido), dry skin, thirst and dry throat especially at night, itchy skin and generalised rashes.
Each person may experience more or fewer symptoms depending on their own constitution and general health. In some cases, the symptoms can be very severe and affect the person’s lifestyle and day-to-day living, including their relationships.
To avoid serious menopause symptoms and to help the body pass through this stage smoothly, we suggest the following five strategies can be applied starting from 45 years of age:
The five strategies for hot flushes and sweating
1) Nourish the Kidneys
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the Kidneys need to be nourished to maintain yin and yang balance after menopause. The Kidneys maintain the body’s essence (or energy source).
1) Please eat the following suitable things to maintain the Kidneys:
2) Massage yourself to maintain the Kidneys:
- Massage the lower back and sacrum area.
- Massage the heel and soles of the feet, the medial (inside) aspect behind your ankles.
2) Balance the Liver
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that women are susceptible to a lack of Yin and Blood of the Liver. This is because of various lifestyle and physical activities such as periods, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding only experienced by women. By the time of menopause, the Liver can become very depleted and weak. If this occurs, we need to rebalance it by doing the following things:
1) Please eat the following suitable things to maintain the Liver:
- Citrus fruits – orange, lemon
- Green tea
- Peppermint tea
- Chrysanthemum tea
- Goji berry
- Green leafy vegetables
- Mung beans
2) Massage yourself to maintain the Liver:
- Massage the sides of the ribs and abdomen area back and forth.
- Massage the side of the head and forehead
- Massage the inside of your legs
3 Avoid or reduce eating the following foods
Chinese Medicine considers that when the body’s Yin is depleted, it is best to avoid hot and spicy foods such as chilly, curry, ginger, onion, deep fried foods. Also avoid dry foods and eat nuts in small quantities only eg. one tablespoon per day.
4 Expose yourself to suitable environments (sunshine and green colours)
The sun is a natural energy source for our bodies according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Regular exposure to sunshine (while taking suitable steps to protect yourself from over-exposure and sunburn) positively benefits the body.
The Liver in Chinese medicine is associated with the colour green. By exposing yourself to green environments, you will restore and improve the energy of your Liver. For example, green gardens, green colours inside rooms – walls, cushions, colour accents.
5 Emotional awareness (stress and happiness)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, stress and strong emotions directly affect organ systems. Stress can especially damage your Liver. Rearrange your lifestyle to reduce stress and avoid stressful situations. Encourage happiness to positively benefit the body.
The following activities can help to reduce stress and promote happiness:
- Listening to gentle, relaxing music
- Watching funny, light-hearted movies or TV shows
- Slow swimming
- Tai Chi or Yoga
- Gentle walking
- Slow cycling
With all activities, moderation and gentle exercise benefits the Liver.
When should you seek help?
If you are unable to relieve your hot flushes and sweating symptoms by trying the above strategies, we suggest your body could benefit from a consultation with an experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner to assist with rebalancing your body.
Our practitioners will use Traditional Chinese Medicine tongue and pulse diagnosis, together with your signs and symptoms to find the cause of your imbalance and successfully treat your individual case.
As we grow and mature through various stages of our lives, so does our body. If you make the transitions through these stages as easily as possible, your health will benefit greatly as you pass from one stage to the next.