Hot flushes, what can you do to help?
Well it's all about nourishing the Yin. Yin is the feminine, cooling, moist, nurturing side of our being.
Let's start with diet: The Yang is flaring up in the body because the Yin is deficient, so it's really important not to have any heating foods as this will cause more heat in the body, aggravating your already present symptoms. So hot and spicy curries are out, alcohol, chocolate and all refined sugars, plus coffee and chilli.
So maybe give green tea, peppermint or chamomile a go for some extra soothing Yin.
Even though we want to cool the body we don't want to cool it down with cooling/cold foods, as most times our stomach and digestive system are not doing so well, and this will cause more weight gain and digestive upset. Foods fresh out of the fridge such as salads, fruit and non cooked meals take longer to digest, so minimise these and leave them out of the fridge for a while before you consume them. So you need foods which are easily broken down, and more warming to the stomach, like soups, stews, broths and congees. These foods are a good way to support the moistening Yin part of your body, and help to quell the fire.
A lot of the time, at this stage of life, you have been "doing" for every body else. Your life now needs to be all about: "how can I support and nurture myself"? It's a big question that's often not asked or thought about. Where is your passion, what are the holes and blocks that are in your way to achieving this change? Do you have something that nurtures your creative side, or something to help you expel this excess fire? Don't brush over these questions, often your body will give you signs and symptoms to let you know that your life is not quite on track.
Acupuncture and specific traditional Chinese herbs (we have them in tablet form) can help support you and your body through what can become a very empowering time in your life.
Please feel free to e-mail any questions that you may have concerning your own menopausal journey.
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