Home >  Blog >  Menopause explained Chinese Medicine Style...

Menopause explained Chinese Medicine Style...

Posted by Tabitha Fennell on 18 April 2016
Menopause explained Chinese Medicine Style...

So first up I'll explain in my own words how TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) explains menopause.

When menopause starts, the Yin and Yang of the body start to become out of balance and this gives us two main types of menopause, with a few variations.

So let me explain how we see Yin; it's the cooling, moistening, calm, feminine aspect of our body where Yang is the heating, base energy, passionate, masculine aspect of our being.

The first type of menopause is seen like this: the Yin level of the body drops below the Yang of the body, this makes the body seem hotter, we call this false heat or deficient Yin in TCM. The heat feels more intense as it doesn't have the Yin to keep it from flaring up, so the body becomes unbalanced and way less cool, hence the hot flushes rising up to the chest, face with hands and feet hot as well, in some cases. This heat is described by women like, "it comes from within and makes its way out to the surface, taking over me". This false heat doesn't have the Yin to cool and moisten this flaring heat so it dries up even more of the Yin giving symptoms of dry skin, scalp and dry vagina. This false heat then plays havoc on our sleep patterns keeping us awake at night and making it hard to get off to sleep, it also can give us heart palpitations and anxiety with mood swings. Due to the hot flushes coming at night, energy can be drained. Most women who have this type of menopause are usually lean with no major weight gain before or during menopause and can have a tendency to burn the candle at both ends throughout their life. They can be very intense and passionate human beings.

If that does'nt't resonate with you then this one may...

The second type of menopause is seen like this: they have the same Yin and Yang imbalance as the first one, as this is the basic pattern of this syndrome but they have an added problem called damp or phlegm. Now it's easier if I just explain it like this, everyone knows what it's like if you lift the lid off the top of a compost bin, right? It's warm and steamy, well this is what is happening in the body of this type of menopausal woman. This causes the hot flushes to have lots of sweating with them and a clammy, damp, hot feeling on the skin. This happens due to being a little or a lot over weight, the extra pounds cause the heat to get trapped and to produce this hot steamy effect. Usually their digestion is not good either; indigestion, acid reflux, burping or bloating with gas and no matter what diet they go on or how much they exercise, the weight just keeps piling on, so so frustrating. They still have problems with sleep and mood swings plus they have a fogginess that makes them forgetful in varying degrees. To top it off, their energy is very low to the point of exhaustion. But these women have grit and determination and push on with their lives with all this going on.

These two patterns are only guidelines and you can be a mixture of both or have different symptoms to varying degrees. So that's why acupuncture and Chinese herbs are so good as it treats you as an individual, focusing in on the areas that are affecting you the most, bringing you back to balance.

With regular acupuncture, Chinese herbs, lifestyle changes and commitment you will see the changes appear. My experience of treating menopause is that it is an unraveling process that gently reveals where we need to focus on next to bring the Yin and Yang back to equal quantities within your body.

Next week I will talk about what acupuncture, Chinese herbs and you can do for hot flushes.

Best Tabitha

Author: Tabitha Fennell
About: Acupuncturist and Director of Studio Qi
Tags: acupuncture Chinese medicine hormones anxious Gold Coast menopause
https://youtu.be/teTHS074rXI

Recent blog posts

A very empowering technique...

17th August

Hot Flushes

16th August

It's Winter, time to build your Qi

14th August

Acupuncture, when things get too much

9th August

Things you can do to avoid and treat the winter cold & flu

8th August

Turning breech or posterior babies with Moxa & Acupuncture

8th August

Are You Constipated?

7th August

Why Yin energy benefits fertility

2nd August

Fertility, why getting both parties in for acupuncture gets results

1st August

Lung 10

31st July

Cough Clear for lingering coughs

24th July

Our children with sports injuries and how acupuncture helps

18th July

Menopause - Mother to Crone

15th July

"I used to be able to eat that" - Menopausal Woman

26th June

Sleep tips for Menopause

24th June

Kids & Acupuncture

12th June

Blissful Birthing & Massage

17th May

Accessing your yin

12th May

Congested Sinuses

4th May

Would you like some help and support with your life?

4th May

New Mums need time to be nurtured

2nd May

Chia porridge is go for breaky

29th April

Dysmenorrhea is Pain Period

27th April

One client

19th April

Pregnant with sleepless nights leading to Anxiety & Worry

6th April

Colon 4 - Hegu the hand point

28th March

Acupuncture helps young babies stop crying - new research

21st March

Moxa

20th March

GRATITUDE

18th March

Acupuncture for better Digestion

13th March

Hormonal Balance

11th March

Lung 7 - Lieque

9th March

Sinus pain and congestion

6th March

How to improve Cesarean Scar healing

23rd February

Your newborn and acupuncture

13th February

So you have had your baby... well done to you

4th February

Belly breathing calms us...

21st January

Bring a new you to 2017

11th January

Why you're driving yourself to fatigue

15th December

Anxiety attacks

5th December

Bloating tummy weather

5th December

Growth

2nd December

IVF - Hope and a whole lot of nurturing

19th November

Apple Cider Vinegar = Better digestion

17th November

Old stuck injuries that never quite feel right

15th November

Modernism

12th November

Just add Cinnamon

1st November

IVF... always learning more

29th October

Shoulder Pain Injury and Bursitis

25th October

Acupuncture and IVF transfer day

24th October

Sinus Pain

20th October

Cupping

15th October

Headaches and Migraines during pregnancy

5th September

Welcome to Spring

1st September

Hegu - Colon 4

13th August

Do you have a sore back that you just can't get right?

4th August

You have come off the pill but your cycle is still not right

21st July

Article on Acupuncture & IVF

13th July

Acupuncture fundamentally is a change facilitator

7th July

Warming Drink Recipes

23rd June

Palellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Runners Knee

21st June

A warm welcome to our new receptionist!

14th June

Vaginal tissue and sex after giving birth

9th June

Treating Pregnancy with Acupuncture

7th June

Here is Brad's Bulletin Article

31st May

Fatigue

27th May

Family Acupuncture

21st May

How you can help your Hot Flushes

19th May

Acupuncture and Libido

14th May

Digestion

9th May

How acupuncture can help let down your milk

28th April

Menopause explained Chinese Medicine Style...

18th April

Heartburn while you're pregnant

14th April

E-book "How To Have Great Sex Everyday" by Juliet Allen, featuring an interview with Brad & Tabitha

12th April 

Motherhood & Fatigue

7th April

Hippity hoppity Easter is on it's way & so follows sore throats.

25th March

Do Acupuncture for the last four weeks of pregnancy

24th March

Severe itchy skin while pregnant

17th March

A morning of filming for our new e-course

14th March

Fear your baby is too big?

10th March

Go the full 40

5th March

Sleepless Restless Night can cause Anxiety...

3rd March

Welcome Autumn!

1st March

Back, Hip & Public Symphysis Pain

25th February

Carpal tunnel of the hands and general swelling of legs & ankles

18th February

When do I get acupuncture if I'm starting IVF?

15th February

The Heart Meridian

13th February

Week 3 - Headaches and Migraines during pregnancy

11th February

Acupuncture for Period Pain

8th February

Kicking Coffee? Then Matcha Tea is for you

4th February

Week 2 - Pregnant with Morning Sickness

4th February

So You're Pregnant - Energy Fatigue can happen in all trimesters

28th January

So You're Pregnant

23rd January

Acupuncture for Broken Bones

19th January

Aloe Vera for Sunburn

18th January

Day 3 x Moxa

16th January

Simple ten day moxa treatment to improve anaemia and iron deficiency

12th January

Don't mask it, get to the cause

27th October

Sugar cravings can occur for a reason

22nd October

Embrace Chinese Herbs

20th October

Pregnancy, IVF & Acupuncture

15th October

Move - Get Your Energy Up

15th October

 

 

 

 

 

 

Articles

Gold Coast Acupuncture IVF Specialists

As a Gold Coast acupuncture clinic, our passion at Studio Qi is working with couples to support and maximise their fertility with acupuncture. By working together we are able to help you to achieve the most priceless gift that life can offer, a beautiful child. We are excited to support couples in reaching their goals, and now acupuncture is ...

Read More ...

< Previous | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Next >
Articles via RSS rss
PrintTell a FriendBookmark SiteTwitterFacebookGoogle+