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Natural Treatments for Menopause

According to studies, around 80 percent of women go through menopause and over 40 percent find their symptoms serious enough to seek for help from specialists. Going through menopause, women may experience hot flashes, sweats, insomnia, tiredness, mood swings or joint stiffness. In worst cases, menopause may develop to high blood pressure or tinnitus (ringing in ears). 

For decades, hormone therapy has been used to ease menopause symptoms. Estrogen and progesterone are the most commonly used hormones. According to WHI studies, taking estrogen alone or together with progestin is linked to increased breast cancer, ovarian cancer or endometrial cancer. 

Menopause is a completely natural biological process that womb stop functioning after completing its tasks. Womb reduces hormone production in order to rest and hormone change causes menopause symptoms. Hormone therapy can relieve menopause symptoms by increasing hormone level to normal. However, this treatment breaks the natural process and forces womb to restart function again. As a result, the whole body wellness will be deteriorated. Instead of taking rest, the womb is continuously stimulated to function, which will result in fibroids, even more, serious diseases. 

TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) treats menopause symptoms from a different approach. 
According to TCM, essence, Qi, blood and body fluid are the basic material to form and sustain life activities of human body. As the human body is getting older, all of them will reduce and become insufficient. We can tell from the change of skin condition. 

The inadequacy of blood weakens liver function, which causes people experience palpitation, hot flashes, fatigue, and dryness of mouth and lips. Also due to liver function weakness, people will be more vulnerable to external stimuli, get stressed easily or even experience more serious mental problems. Therefore, TCM treats menopause symptoms by replenishing blood and strengthening liver function. 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can effectively help women experiencing menopause with a natural and healthy approach. Try this alternative treatment and return to your quality life within 5 sessions. 

Donghwan Lee Licensed Acupuncturist

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