CHINESE MEDICINE & HOT FLUSHES
Hot flushes and night sweats are the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Many women who experience them will get flushes at varying frequencies - from three or four times a day to almost hourly, for anywhere from one to five years. More than just a ‘nuisance’, hot flushes and night sweats can cause a cascade of effects, including:
The intensity of the symptoms vary with each individual but also with how we handle stress and how well we nourish our bodies. Smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity all increase the likelihood of experiencing hot flushes. Other common triggers include caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, heat, smoking, and stress. The key to a smoother transition and a more positive experience during menopause is to address the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands produce hormones that help regulate metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress, and other essential functions.
Many women feel frustration or difficulty in managing the variety of symptoms experienced during perimenopause and menopause and seek natural relief rather than hormone therapy. Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbs, and dietary changes, provides effective, hormone-free relief from the discomfort associated with all stages and symptoms of menopause by ‘recalibrating’ and regulating the adrenal glands. Tailored treatments including specifically targeted herbal formulas can provide support and reduce symptoms. Most of my clients start to “turn the corner” after about three or four weeks of treatment when their hot flushes and night sweats dissipate and become less intense. As hormone levels become more regulated, the frequency of treatments decrease until only maintenance treatments are required.