The word “menopause” isn’t even in the traditional Chinese medical vocabulary.
Actually, TCM calls the various symptoms that some women experience when their cycle ends simply “menstrual cycle ending symptoms.” So you may be surprised to learn that menopause is essentially a Western concept.
TCM sees menopause as a deep energy shift that extends beyond physical changes. It’s a natural and normal part of a woman’s life, yet it has the power to affect her mind, emotions and spirit. Menopause is an energy gateway—a unique chance for a woman to prepare her body, mind and spirit for a healthy, long life. It’s a time when she can heal, strengthen herself, and balance and harmonize her energies. Menopause creates the opportunity for a transformation, a new beginning, as a woman becomes free to discover, pursue or complete her life’s mission and touch inner peace —in a profound and meaningful way.
Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life. From the beginning to the end of this life-cycle, if a woman is healthy, her menstruation will be regular and free of any problems. If a woman is in poor health and her internal energy, or Qi, is not balanced or is deficient, her body can express its condition through many types of menstrual symptoms: premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular periods, painful periods, breast tenderness, headaches, cramping, fever during cramps, to name just a few. Women who have these menstrual symptoms regularly most likely will have menopausal symptoms when they reach the age when their cycle begins to end or stops altogether. The reason is simple: their bodies are out of balance and their energy has declined. The good news is women can learn to rebalance their bodies and increase their energy .
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help women rebalance their bodies and bring them back to health to eliminate the signs and symptoms of menopause.