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Chinese medicine is a holistic practice that views our body, mind and spirit as a collective – all are affected by each other and all are dependent on each other. They view blood specifically as a provider and transporter of nutrients and energy, flowing freely within our vessels to support our organs, bones, tissues, skin and reproduction.
As we get older and stop making as much blood and essence (made by our kidneys and responsible for our growth and development) our hair begins to thin and our bones get weaker. Our brain, eyes and ears don’t get the same nourishment…which is why our thinking may not be as sharp, maybe you can’t recall as quickly, you may experience some vertigo, tinnitus or poorer eyesight. When our menses stops, our body tries to retain what’s left of our precious essence, which we need to help keep us healthy and strong.
These changes in our menstruation are normal and we all go through this differently. Menopause is actually a natural way of slowing down the aging process, so it’s super important to really take care of yourself. Traditionally, acupuncture and herbs are used to help reduce any symptoms of menopause while maintaining vitality within the body. Exercise to maintain the strength of your bones and muscles, eat well, sleep well, reduce stress and seek help from a therapist or your doctor if needed.
Have you ever thought that your fear and anxiety may be directly related to your arthritis pain? According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, the pain we feel in our joints and its location in our body has an emotional root. Dr. Northrup is a strong proponent of healing the body from within but offers some really nice recommendations here for those who are suffering from arthritis and want to take an active role to help improve or help eliminate it. She mentions Acupuncture as a great resource and as a practitioner I have found to be very helpful for my patients. The only thing she doesn’t mention is the importance of gentle exercise to help keep the blood flowing, the muscles strong and the joints moving within their full range.
What menopausal symptoms bother you?
THIS IS NOT A DIAGNOSIS, only an exploration towards better health.
I wanted to show some of the typical symptoms most of us have gone through or are going through during menopause. The list provided next categorizes a few of these classic symptoms, showing an imbalance in a certain hormone or an imbalance within the body. You don’t have to know traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) or be a western doctor to understand the categories, just be aware of. You may have symptoms that fall within multiple patterns, and that is normal, so if you have concerns speak to your health provider about it.