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Natural and TCM Approaches to Menopause

Menopause is defined as the permanent end of menstruation, however there are many changes and symptoms that are associated with menopause which can cause this change to be challenging for women. Menopause happens when the ovaries stop producing the hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Although fertility ends when a woman enters menopause, they can still enjoy an active, healthy, vital, and sexual lifestyle.

Menopause symptoms can include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, trouble sleeping, mood changes, thinning hair, dry skin, weight gain, increased dreams, dizziness, and irritability. These symptoms can be lessened with a healthy diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements which focus on depleted nutrients.

Eating well, such as increasing fruit and vegetables, iron-rich foods, foods high in fiber and calcium are a great start to combating menopause symptoms. Being active (at least 30 minutes per day) and drinking plenty of water are also important. In addition, supplements such as vitamin B12 and B6, calcium, and iron can be taken to fill nutritional gaps and support normal bone function.

Did you know hormone changes during menopause can cause a variety of skin issues? You may feel like you are once again an acne prone teenager, but really it is increased testosterone and stress hormones that are the culprit to acne breakouts. In addition to acne, menopause can cause fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin. Skin can begin to sag due to loss of collagen and lack that certain glow you had before. Exercise, anti-oxidants, sunscreen, moisturizer, and adequate water intake can help skin health during menopause. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, menopause is associated with the kidney, the organ responsible for growth, maturation, and aging. Kidney yin deficiency is often the cause of menopausal symptoms and should be addressed during menopause. Chinese herbal formulas such as Eight Flavor Rehmannia can be beneficial for kidney yin deficiencies.

In addition to herbal formulas; diet, exercise, and acupuncture are recommended in TCM. A diet high in vegetables and fruits and avoiding red meats, alcohol, sugar, spicy foods, and caffeine can help to lessen menopause symptoms. Exercise, relaxation, and acupuncture can all help the body to support bone health, reduce stress and tension, and address the emotional and physical effects of menopause throughout the body.

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