Menopause / Andropause
On this page you can find a brief discussion about menopause and andropause according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian – another term for energy channel.
Menopause is the phase of life in women marked by the permanent cessation of menstruation and reproductive capability and the significant decline of sex hormones/estrogen. Andropause is the phase of life in men marked by the significant decline of sex hormones/androgen and reproductive capability. Menstruation is the only differential factor between women and men, while most other symptoms and imbalances are commonly shared by both genders.
Menopause and andropause are the natural process of aging and decline that produce the following common symptoms in women and men:
- Excessive heat
- Night sweat
- Chronic fatigue
- Lack of libido
- Thinning of hair
- Increased anxiety, irritability
- Depression, socially withdrawn
- Weight gain
- Abnormal hair growth (women)
- Heart palpitations
- Elevated blood pressure
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Poor memory and concentration
- Sleep disorders
In Chinese medicine diagnosis, these physiological imbalances become pronounced and affecting all organs, all energy channels, and all aspects of the body in varying degrees:
- Yin deficiency
- Qi deficiency
- Blood deficiency
- Yang deficiency
- Qi and/or blood stagnation
- Excess damp
- Aggravated wind
- Ascending liver yang
- Heat (deficient type)
Changes in our body in the menopause/andropause phase can be quite uncomfortable, in severe cases can debilitate a person's ability to function in daily life. The good news is that Chinese medicine is par excellence for treating menopause/andropause and can restore comfort, functionality, joy, and well-being to a person's life. We use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve these healing effects:
- Nourish yin and yang.
- Build qi and blood.
- Regulate energy and blood flow.
- Disperse qi stagnation.
- Drain heat.
- Clear damp.
- Subdue wind, liver yang.
- Increase energy and vitality.
- Enhance overall wellness and functionality.
The initial course of treatment comprises of six weekly sessions. After completion of the initial phase, continuing maintenance treatment throughout one's life is a must. Chinese medicine is natural and most herbs used in this treatment are gentle and safe for long term use.
When the decline of aging sets in, it is a permanent process that is on-going for the rest of one's life. We cannot stop the aging process but we can help to slow it down and to minimize the damage as much as possible. This time in life requires women and men to be proactive in caring for their health by taking Chinese medicine treatment, exercise more consistently, eat well and make healthy changes to the diet, get regular support therapies such as chiropractic, massages, energy healing, get pampered more, connect with positive, motivational people and activities to expand and lift one's spirit. There are many healing resources available for body, mind, and spirit support. All men and women can look forward to their fifties and beyond knowing that life can be satisfactory and meaningful.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.