While acupuncture / traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient medicinal practice, it offers some therapeutic benefits and has very few side effects, making it safe to use for most people. In fact, studies have provided the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of menopausal (menopause) symptoms in women.
According to TCM theory, menopausal symptoms can vary in there severity, but essentially it’s a deficiency in “Kidney Yin.”
This terminology is often used when referring to the ageing of both men and women. The “kidney organ system,” is responsible for our ageing process and can easily become depleted or deficient. It controls both the Kidney Yin and Yang energy and controls growth, development and ageing. Yang is the energy of movement and represents daytime and heat. Yin is the energy of stillness, nighttime and coolness. Stress and ageing cause damage to our Yin, which we can see in symptoms such as night sweats and insomnia as we move towards menopause.
But menopause can also seen as a deficiency of Kidney Yang energy. In this case, both Yin and Yang energy need balancing and nourishing.
Treatment will focus on nourishing, moistening and cooling the body, helping to balance the body to alleviate the symptoms described above. This is done by strengthening Kidney “essence” and building up the Qi and fluids.
Chinese herbal prescriptions can also be used as they work to enhance acupuncture treatments.