Menopause Pains: Traditional Chinese Medicine Aids Easement
Patient Ms. Wong deeply sighs. Not only does she often experience rheumatic muscle pain, but also dizziness, blurred vision, numb limbs and at times an inability to feel happiness, if not just anger, inflicting collateral damage to her innocent family. When Ms. Wong’s condition is poor, even her sleep quality is affected.
Taipei City Hospital Lin Shen Branch, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Dr. Jian-dong Wu says that her patients often ask him, “My age is approaching menopause; my periods are coming at unpredictable times; is there any way to make it normal?” Dr. Wu earnestly tells her patients, that when women reach a certain age, their body should change accordingly – when you’re in your teens, you should go through puberty, and when you’re four-fifty years old, menstruation should stop. If you disobey this natural process by supplementing estrogen, when the amount of estrogen your body produces is naturally decreasing, you will have brought your body into an abnormal state, which can cause varying sicknesses. Although Doctors aren’t willing to defy nature, they can still alleviate the many troubling symptoms caused by menopause.
Asides from period related symptoms, menopause symptoms also include hectic fever, irritable skin, difficulty in falling asleep, nervousness, depression inclination, dizziness, blurred vision, feeling of weakness, rheumatic pain, headache, numbness, and the feeling that ants are crawling on your skin. These symptoms are all treatable through the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
From a TCM standpoint, menopause’s root problem is in the kidney. If you feel fatigue, soreness in the back, or listlessness, the kidney is the place to start the healing process. Sometimes women suffering from menopause may also have spleen or stomach related digestive problems such as flatulence, heartburn, and stomach acid, so often times the spleen and stomach also require special attention. Lastly, should these symptoms lead to emotional fluctuations that may trouble you, it is probably caused by liver qi stagnation. Therefore, to treat menopause syndromes, TCM often begin with treating the liver, stomach, and spleen.
Regarding treatment remedies, Rehmannia Six Formula (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan) is used to tonify the liver; when there is heavy tidal fever, Anemarrhena, Phellodendron & Rehmannia Formula (Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan) is used to both dispel heat and tonify the liver; In terms of stomach and spleen qi deficiency or stagnation related problems, Vladimiriae & Cardamom Combination (Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang) is often the top choice for women suffering from menopause; lastly, as for the remedy for liver qi stagnation, Bupleurum & Peony Formula (Jia Wei Xiao Yao San) can not only soothe the liver and relieve depression, but also adjust spleen and stomach function through its tonifying properties.
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