Acupuncture and Herbs are natural options to treat menopausal symptoms
Ted Ray, L.A.c., DNBAO helps explain.
While many women experience a common set of symptoms associated with menopause (night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, and irritability), it’s important to take an individualized approach. One strength of Chinese Herbal Medicine is its ability to combine herbs into a formula that is both right for the patient and right for the symptoms. When done correctly, an herbal formula will quickly relieve symptoms without side effects commonly seen in medications.
One Size Does Not Fit All
A clinical trial of the herb Dang Gui showed mixed results when given to menopausal women for the treatment of hot flashes. This comes as no surprise to the trained Chinese herbalist. That’s because Dang Gui is understood to be a warm herb that acts a blood tonic and blood mover. If you’re a women running hot, you most certainly don’t want a single herb formula to warm you up.
What to Expect at Your Acupuncture or Herbal Visit
A typical herbal consultation may last up to 45 minutes and involves the following:
- Reading Your Pulse
An herbalist will palpate the radial artery on both wrists to evaluate not only the rate and rhythm, but also the qualities. There are over 20 specific andunique qualities that can found on the wrists; each quality tells somethingabout the state of health or disease in your body.
- Learning from Your Tongue
Like the pulse, the tongue reveals much about current status of the body. The herbalist will take note of the color, coat, shape, cracks, moisture, size, and any unusual depressions. Specific areas of the tongue relate to different organs in the body. For example, the front of the tongue relates to the heart and lungs, while the back of the tongue relates to the kidneys.
- A Customized Approach that Works for You
Using the information gleaned in your health history as well as the pulse and tongue evaluation, your herbalist will create al formula custom-tailored to meet your needs. In this way, both the cause (root) and the symptoms (branch) can be addressed.
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