As women we go through many changes in our lives. We enter our mid-life and begin to experience the transition into menopause, with major physiological changes occurring, giving a vast array of symptoms. Menstruation ceases to occur on a regular basis, bringing with it symptoms that are mild to extreme, causing life to become very uncomfortable for some.
To manage menopause with Chinese medicine we look at the physical and emotional stress it adds to your life. There are a list of common symptoms that women talk about during their acupuncture consultation, from hot flushes, night sweats, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, dryness of the skin and loss of libido. We use both Acupuncture and Chinese herbs to reduce symptoms and help support this transition.
When having an acupuncture consult we recommend lifestyle and dietary changes; try avoiding hot spicy or greasy foods, hot beverages, caffeine and alcohol. These foods can irritate the body, increasing heat. We work on restoring balance within the body and supporting the natural production of essential hormones. Integrating changes into your diet, nourishing the body with foods rich in calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, greens and proteins.
In Traditional Chinese medicine the best time to have breakfast is between
7am – 9am. This is when the Stomach energy is at is fullest, allowing for easy digestion. From 9am – 11am the Spleen works on your digestion also, distributing the nourishing effects of your food throughout your body. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, providing energy and brain food.
Thinning of bones and brittle nails are a common feature of menopause. Calcium maintains healthy bones, teeth and prevents osteoporosis developing. Foods high in calcium include; fish (sardines are great as they contain bone), broccoli, lentils, beans, almonds, walnuts. To ensure you are receiving all the nutrients your body requires, eating a varied diet of whole foods, and vegetables is essential.
Good nutrition, exercise and regular acupuncture all help with maintaining good health, in any stage of life. Eliminating stress, tension and anxiety all help with reducing the effects of menopause. If you are experiencing the common symptoms of menopause seek advice and help, as treatment reduces the severity of symptoms.
Mel Webb our acupuncturist working in women’s health is available Tuesday – Friday in clinic, book in to reduce those menopausal symptoms.