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Feeling Peri and a Bit Contrary? TCM Could Make Menopause Less Scary


Hello lovely Pod Fam.


Today I want to chat about something close to many of our hearts - Menopause + Peri-Menopause. This natural phase of life can be quite the journey, filled with its own set of challenges. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a wealth of support for those navigating peri-menopause and menopause. Let's dive into the top 5 reasons why TCM could be your best mate during this transition.

 

Understanding Peri-Menopause


Before we get into the benefits of TCM, let's start with what peri-menopause actually means. Peri-menopause refers to the time period leading up to menopause, often starting in a woman's 40s, but it can begin as early as the mid-30s. This phase can last anywhere from a few months to over a decade. During this time, the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen, leading to hormonal fluctuations that cause various symptoms.


Biologically, peri-menopause is characterised by irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and sleep disturbances, among other symptoms. These changes occur because the body is adjusting to decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone, hormones crucial for reproductive functions and overall well-being.


In TCM, peri-menopause is seen as a natural transition where the body's Yin and Yang balance may be disrupted, often leading to a deficiency in Kidney Yin and an excess of Liver Yang. This imbalance can cause the common symptoms associated with peri-menopause. TCM aims to restore balance through acupuncture, herbal remedies, and dietary advice, providing a holistic approach to managing this phase of life.

 

1. Holistic Harmony: Balancing Body and Mind

Menopause isn't just a physical change; it's a full-body experience that can affect your mental and emotional well-being. TCM takes a holistic approach, addressing the whole person rather than just isolated symptoms. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietetics all work together to restore balance in your body. Think of it as tuning a piano—bringing all the strings into harmony.

Research has shown that acupuncture can significantly reduce menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. By stimulating specific points, acupuncture helps regulate the body's energy flow, or Qi, promoting overall well-being and calm.


2. Natural Relief from Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Hot flashes and night sweats are among the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. These can feel like a tropical holiday—without the cocktails or the beach! Acupuncture can help regulate the body's thermostat, reducing the frequency and intensity of these episodes.

Studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can lower the severity of hot flashes by influencing the body's neuroendocrine system, which controls hormone release and temperature regulation. Meanwhile, Chinese herbs such as Dang Gui (Angelica sinensis) and Sheng Ma (Cimicifuga) have been traditionally used to cool the body and reduce excessive sweating.


3. Mood Management: Keeping Calm and Carrying On

Mood swings during menopause can be as unpredictable as Melbourne's weather. One minute you're fine, the next you're in tears over a TV commercial. TCM supports emotional balance through acupuncture and herbal medicine, helping to stabilise mood swings and reduce anxiety and depression.

Acupuncture has been found to influence neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine, which play a key role in mood regulation. This means fewer emotional roller coasters and more emotional resilience.


4. Supporting Sleep: Catching Those Zzz’s

Sleep disturbances are another common issue during menopause, often caused by hot flashes, night sweats, or anxiety. Poor sleep can leave you feeling like a zombie the next day, craving caffeine like it’s the elixir of life.

Acupuncture can improve sleep quality by promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. Herbal remedies such as Xie Cao (Valerian root) and Shu Di Huang (Rehmannia) can also support restful sleep by calming the mind and nourishing the body’s yin energy, which is essential for restful sleep.


5. Bone Health and Beyond: Strengthening the Body

Menopause can take a toll on bone density, making it crucial to support bone health during this time. TCM addresses this by promoting better absorption of nutrients through dietetics advice and supporting bone strength with specific herbs and acupuncture points.

Chinese herbs like Du Zhong (Eucommia) and Xu Duan (Dipsacus) are known for their bone-strengthening properties. Additionally, acupuncture can help improve digestion and nutrient absorption, ensuring your body gets the calcium and other essential minerals it needs to keep your bones strong and healthy.


Wrapping Up

Navigating menopause doesn’t have to be a solo journey. With the holistic support of TCM, you can manage symptoms naturally and effectively. At The Pod Health Co, we’re here to guide you every step of the way with personalised care plans that integrate acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietary advice tailored to your unique needs.


If you’re curious about how TCM can support your menopause journey, why not book a consultation with us? Let's work together to make this transition as smooth as possible—because every woman deserves to feel her best, no matter her age.


Stay balanced and be well!

 

Warmly (see what I did there ),

Petra xx

 

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