Menopause ~ the Change
Physician Tan Ying Yan
Menopause is the 12 months period after the last menstrual period and marks the end of menstrual cycles1. In TCM, there were many relevant records of symptoms that occur surrounding the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. In modern Chinese Medicine, they are collectively named Climacteric Syndrome before and after menopause (绝经前后诸症).
Common Signs and Symptoms
• Irregular menses
• Hot flashes and night sweats
• Dryness and itchiness of skin and vaginal
• Loss of breast fullness
• Thinning of hair
• Emotional stress and mood swings
• Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
• Weight gain
TCM and menopause
In TCM theory, menstruation is most closely related to the function of the Kidney. The Kidney works as a vital organ system which helps to regulate growth, maturation and ageing process.
Menopause happens when Kidney essence (“Jing”) diminishes.
Kidney Essence (“Jing”) is the root that nourishes all other organ systems. Hence, when “Jing” depletes, other organ systems are also affected which can eventually lead to a series of climacteric symptoms.
Chinese Medicine Treatments
Chinese Medicine has a long and successful record in treating gynecological disorders, including menopause. As no two women will display the same combination of menopausal symptoms, TCM uses a highly individualistic approach, called syndrome differentiation, to relate those symptoms with a person’s internal disharmonies. The physician will then draw up a personalised treatment plan which can include herbal medicine, acupuncture, Tuina and cupping.
Daily Care ~ Acupressure points
You can massage these acupressure points to strengthen your body and tonify your Kidney!
Massage acupressure points in circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds, twice to thrice per day. You may also warm the acupressure points using moxibustion, but be extra careful when using moxa sticks. Please get advices from healthcare provider before using them.
ShenQue, QiHai & GuanYuan
Lily bulbs Tea:
- Fresh/ Dried Lily Bulbs 50g
- Rock Sugar/ Honey
(Suitable for consumption of 2-3 people)
1. Soak dried lily bulbs in water until they soften. Fresh lily bulbs need to be cleaned.
2. Put cleaned lily bulbs into 200ml of water and boil for 30-45 minutes.
3. Add some rock sugar/honey (Optional)
This recipe helps to nourish our lungs, strengthen our heart and spleen function.