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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) AND THE MENO-PAUSE

14a Linda Lee editorial

Clinically in TCM it has been noted that the severity of
menopausal symptoms are related to a woman’s diet
and life-style management throughout her life-time
and when treating a woman a TCM practitioner will
emphasis the importance of maintaining health from
menarche onwards to ensure a smoother transition into
menopause.
Meno-pause is a change in life based on a physiological
transformation within the body, in TCM, our treatment
plan is to harmonise and balance the whole of the body/
mind complex, to regulate systems and their functional
relationships with each other. For example, a balance
in the warming (yang) physiological function with
the cooling (yin) function of producing physiological
substances (hormones) could result in a regulated
hormonal system, rather than, treating a hormonal
deficiency only. In TCM, we would not be treating the
hormones of the body directly, but in this case, balancing
the yin/yang to regulate the hormones. This might take
a bit longer, however the cause, or root, of the problem
will be treated as well as the uncomfortable symptoms
that are usually manifestations of the underlying cause.
In TCM a menopausal symptom will be viewed in
relationship to other presenting symptoms in order to find
a complete pattern, the pattern will be identified and
a corresponding treatment plan will be implemented.
TCM views the body (physical symptoms) and the
mind/spirit (emotional symptoms) as a whole, the two
are integrated and inseparable, with the one having
an effect on the other, meaning that the physical
symptoms of “hot flashes” may be accompanied
by anxiety, depression and/or insomnia and that the
physical symptom of “hot flashes” and the emotional
symptom of depression, anxiety and insomnia would be
treated together, as they are related and effect each
other.
Please contact Dr Linda Lee 072-882-3665
(Prac No 105-000-0494763 Reg No A11217) for further information

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