Menopause and Chinese Medicine

Menopause is a natural process that alters the balance of Yin and Yang. During and after menopause many women discover, and may be disturbed by, the more yang (energetic, aggressive) side of themselves.

In contrast, as men grow older, they tend to discover their yin (passive, yielding) side. When a woman experiences some problems or discomfort during menopause, Chinese medical practitioners treat her as an individual, taking into account the whole pattern of each her physical and mental-emotional symptoms.

The treatment may include either one or a combination of herbal medicine, acupuncture, dietary suggestions, and lifestyle recommendations.

Here are a few suggestions to make the transition easier.

AVOID: cigarettes, losing too much body fat, excessive alcohol, caffeine, soft drinks, and refined sugars.

INCLUDE: leafy green vegetables, low fat yogurt, whole grains, fruit, and legumes. Also make sure to find some quiet time and exercise regularly.

Some supplements that can restore the balance and are easily incorporated into your daily regimen are: calcium & magnesium, essential fatty acids (such as flaxseed and fish oils), and a good multi-vitamin.

Diet is extremely important in having a healthy menopause. This weekend I will be posting more in depth diet advice for women so be sure to check back!

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