Whether woman are looking forward to finally end dealing with a menstrual cycle or dreading it due to hearing all the symptoms that are experienced, menopause is inevitable.
Why is it that in America woman have such a hard time transitioning into menopause? The North American Menopause Society reports the following signs and symptoms associated around menopause:
- Hot flashes/ Sweating
- Difficulty sleeping/insomnia
- Memory Problems
- Mood disturbances
- Vaginal Dryness
- Weight gain
- Decreased Libido
If you are finding yourself relating to any of the bullets above, not all is lost! In Chinese Medicine, menopause is related to the Kidney organ in majority of cases. The kidney’s can be seen as the ocean of the human body. Ocean’s may seem vast and inexhaustible but they can get depleted at a fast rate depending on the person life style.
In ancient Chinese texts, the kidneys are referred to as the gate of life “mingmen”. It is here where all the physical and mental essences derive from and are stored. The Kidneys are also seen as the center of the body’s yin and yang.
Once a woman approaches menopause this means there is a natural decline of the Kidney energy and the original Kidney yin. Yin is nourishment of fluids and blood throughout the body, it moistens and nourishes organs and tissues. When this imbalance starts to tilt within the body the symptoms listed above will begin. This is due to a term called “empty heat”. Yin is seen as cooling and nurturing in the body, where as yang is heat and energetic. When you start to lose the cooling aspect you begin to feel the heat instead. An example would be your car engine is over heating. It is not the heat outside, but that you don’t have enough coolant within the engine. Therefore the engine gets hot just as the body does.
This imbalance creates heat within the body which then leads to scorching fluids creating dryness. As we all know heat tends to rise upwards aggravating the heart and mind which control sleep at night when you are trying to rest. Since there are specific acupuncture points to nourish the Kidneys, Clear heat and Calm the mind, Menopause doesn’t have to be debilitating or annoying any longer!
Menopause doesn’t need to be dreading just as menstrual cycles don’t need to be painful (a discussion for another time!). Give your body some attention to get symptom relief today!