The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
- hot flushes
- night sweats
- vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
- difficulty sleeping
- low mood or anxiety
- reduced sex drive (libido)
- problems with memory and concentration
Menopausal symptoms can begin months or even years before your periods stop and last around 4 years after your last period, although some women experience them for much longer.
If the symptoms are so severe that they interfere with daily life, Western medicine will offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT) but it is also acknowledged that eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly – maintaining a healthy weight and staying fit and strong can improve some menopausal symptoms. CBT is frequently offered to help with low mood and anxiety.
The Five Element acupuncturist sees menopausal symptoms (like all symptoms) as a sign of the person trying to re-find balance. All living beings are governed by the natural laws we observe in nature and the menopausal symptoms experienced by the presenting patient will have a cause in one of the five elements that produce our outer and inner reality. Practitioners of this ancient healing tradition have the skills to diagnose the unique cause of a challenging menopause and effect an acupuncture treatment that has the potential to alleviate not only the troubling menopausal symptoms but all suffering.