April Bui Holistic Acupuncture
Menopause & Perimenopause
Menopause & Perimenopause
As women approach age 50, our bodies begin to enter a different phase of life namely menopause. Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation and reproductive capability due to the drastic decline of sex hormones especially estrogen. Peri-menopause typically sets in starting age 40 and preparing the female body for the gradual and progressive decline of the reproductive system. During the peri-menopause phase, women still have menstruation however the body begins to produce all the imbalances similar to those in menopause. Around 50, a woman's body goes into official menopause whenever her menstruation stops permanently.
Changes in a woman's body during the menopause & peri-menopause phases can be quite uncomfortable, in severe cases can debilitate her ability to function in daily life.
Hot flashes are made to be the “emblem” of menopause. However, hot flashes are not a singular problem in this transitional stage. Keep in mind that many aspects of a woman's body go through drastic changes during menopause. For example, certain organs decline significantly in their functions notably the spleen, kidneys, and liver. Hormone production plummets. Energy system becomes deficient. The yin and yang aspects of the body go into significant decline. Energy and blood circulations become sluggish and stagnant. All these changes produce many imbalances in a woman's body above and beyond hot flashes, including the following symptoms.
- Hot flashes
- Night sweat
- Chronic fatigue
- Lack of libido
- Thinning of hair
- Increased anxiety, irritability
- Depression, socially withdrawn
- Weight gain
- Abnormal hair growth
- Heart palpitations
- Elevated blood pressure
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Poor memory and concentration
- Sleep disorders
For thousands of years, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been used for treating the whole spectrum of women's health naturally and effectively. Our healing tradition still carries on today and has an even more important role in modern medicine as so many women cannot tolerate the hormone therapy widely used to treat female issues. Our system of medicine is gentle, safe, highly effective, noninvasive and can support women's overall health in menopause and throughout their lives.
When the decline of aging sets in, it is a permanent process that is on-going for the rest of one's life. We cannot stop the aging process but we can help to slow it down and to minimize the damage as much as possible. This time in life requires women to be proactive in caring for their health by taking Chinese medicine treatment, exercise more consistently, eat well and make healthy changes to the diet, get regular support therapies such as chiropractic, massages, energy healing, get pampered more, connect with positive, motivational people and activities to expand and lift one's spirit.