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There are as many different experiences of menopause as there are women. For some women, menopause arrives like a gentle breeze with barely a feeling of warmth or any other bothersome symptom, while others experience menopause like a Class 5 Tropical storm with overnight drenching hot flashes and night sweats, mood changes and a complete disruption in life.
While many clinicians understandably and appropriately focus on hot flashes and night sweats, many women may be more concerned with sleep disturbances, weight gain, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, incontinence and mood changes.
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.
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.