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Some women barely have any symptoms and sail right through. Others have more severe symptoms. How do you know if you’re heading toward menopause, in the midst or past it. Here are the 10 questions that will help you determine where you are.
If you answered YES to 2 or more of these questions, then honey, you’re in the midst of the hormonal roller coaster that is also known as Menopause. (more…)
Lori* called me the other day because she is having horrible night sweats and wanted to get advice about hormone free remedies that might help. She is desperate to have more sleep at night and feels as if she’s popping up out of bed every hour to stand in front of her fan or the open fridge. She’s given up on changing the sheets, but has been running cold water on her wrists to try and get some relief.
Lori’s in her early 50’s and is still having regular periods, so was surprised when I mentioned that her night sweats sound suspiciously like she’s in the midst of what I affectionately call the wild hormonal roller coaster ride of Peri – Menopause.
Here’s the scoop on Hormone Free Black Cohosh for hot flashes and night sweats
The studies done on Hormone Free Black Cohosh for the hot flashes and night sweats of menopause have not shown consistent results. In a few, it is better than placebo, and in others, it’s no better than placebo. However, one thing I explain to my patients, is that with ANY menopause treatment, the placebo response can range from 30-50%, so if if works for you, then it works.
Part of the problem when looking at Black Cohosh, is that there are so many different formulations and it’s available in different strengths. It also seems that some women do very well with it, while others are left scratching their heads wondering what the big deal is.
Ever since I wrote Your Personal Guide to Menopause thousands of women have written or approached me for advice about what to do for their hot flashes and menopausal symptoms.
Many are understandably reluctant to use hormones and are searching for effective ways to feel better and have less hot flashes and other symptoms. Though there are research studies that show that some women improve with soy or black cohosh, the results are often mixed. Some women do well and others don’t. What with all the different versions of soy food and supplements, it’s always been chalked up to the form of soy studied. (more…)
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.
Oh my gosh, is it hot outside or what? As the temperature rises outside and the air conditioning is going full blast, what do women with hot flashes do? They’re already steaming and baking on the inside, but when the outside temperature soars, they’re in for even more searing heat.
It’s good to avoid hot flash triggers and stay cool. Here’s some ideas: (more…)
This is part 2 of the series on Menopause and Acupuncture from Ted Ray, L.A.c., DNBAO
Last time we talked about the “kidneys” and the energetic role they play in fertility and menstruation. Now we can get down to the details with answers to the questions my patients always ask.
Why Women Get Hot Flashes
Women handle incredible workloads. They raise families, manage households, and work full time. But without adequate rest, they must pull from their reserve tanks to get through the day.
Lynn* came to see me with severe hot flashes and night sweats. She worked in sales and had resorted to bringing extra blouses in her car because she inevitably sweated through at least one each day. She was beyond irritable and hadn’t slept through the night in months. “I feel like a different person,” she said. “I can’t live like this.” Lynn wanted to know about all of her options for treatment.
Herbs, Soy and Acupuncture
I began by explaining how yoga, acupuncture and deep breathing had been shown to be effective, then moved into the research on black cohosh and soy. She wasn’t interested in hormones, but did want to discuss other prescription remedies. She had tried increasing her soy already and wanted something more effective than the herbs and yoga breathing we discussed. (more…)
This is the 1st in a series on Menopause, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
All of these articles are by Ted Ray, L.A.c., DNBAO
Using acupuncture and herbal medicine can be a great way to manage the transition into menopause. This series of short articles will help you make an informed decision about the process.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
While it is fairly well understood that the symptoms associated with menopause relate to shifting hormone levels, Chinese Medicine looks at this issue through a different lens. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidneys are largely responsible for the development and decline of female fertility. In fact, the kidneys are so important, that TCM breaks them down even further in to kidney yin, yang, qi, and essence.
Why is it that some women can increase their soy intake and experience fewer hot flashes, while others can’t? Could it be that the way that our bodies metabolize soy is the key difference?
There’s recent evidence that about 50% of women in Asia are able to convert Soy into it’s natural metabolite, S-equol and that those women have fewer hot flashes! Who knew? How many women from the US can convert soy into S-equol? Only 20-30% have the ability to make S-equol on their own. And this discovery could be the key to unlocking treatment for hot flashes.