There is this time when women’s cycle stops permanently. Normally this starts around the age of 49, but sometimes it can come sooner or later. It all depends on the age of your first menstrual cycle and your lifestyle habits.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, your menstrual cycle is a mirror of your life during that month. So, everything you did in a month, from studying, working, being a mother, a friend, a caregiver, etc., is reflected. During this cycle, you can observe some accompanying symptoms like breast tenderness, pain, clots, etc. These are all signs of little hormonal imbalances that are taking place during your life.
While menstrual cycle symptoms disappear when menopause kicks in, our body still struggles with the underlying hormonal imbalances, which can be presented in the form of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, low libido, etc. Western medicine offers replacement hormonal therapy to help you deal with these symptoms, however this does not come free of side effects.
Traditional Chinese Medicine pays a lot of attention to women’s hormonal balance, which is connected to the kidneys’ function. Most of the time Acupuncture is chosen as a primary therapy but Chinese Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion and nutritional changes in some cases can be of great help as well. Our bodies is not the identical and even if you come in for the same reason as someone else, you will be treated differently because the root of your hormonal imbalances might be different.
Balancing hormonal levels requires some time, and it can take approximately two months before you can achieve significant changes. The recommended course of acupuncture therapy is around 3 to 6 months. Like most holistic approaches out there, it is important to note that success and efficacy of the therapy also depends on the patient’s active participation, such as reducing stress, and coming to therapy on a regular basis.