Menopause Syndrome

What Is Menopause?

Menopause indicates the complete or permanent cessation of menstruation; an interval of 6-12 months is usually necessary to establish the diagnosis. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 48 and 55 and the median age in industrialized countries is about 51.

Menopause is not a disease; it is the normal physiological transition in a woman’s life from a reproductive to a non-reproductive age.

Indeed, many women experience no symptoms during this time. During menopause, medical intervention is needed only when a woman experiences uncomfortable symptoms which affect her life. In a minority of cases, such symptoms may be very severe and make the woman’s life difficult.

Symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, depression, mood swings, decreased appetite, memory loss, vaginal dryness, headaches, joint pain, decrease in body circulation, gaining weight.

From a Oriental medicine perspective, menopausal symptoms are generally due to a decline of Kidney Essence in its Yin or Yang aspect.

Diagnosis And Treatment Of Menopause

Some women may use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which is normally started when the first symptoms of menopause appear. While it may relieve hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis, it will also increase the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer and have a number of side effects. HRT is not the only solution.

Acupuncture and Herbal medicine have the ability to detect energetic changes that occur in the body and quickly treat symptoms such as hot flashes, foggy mind, and irritability.