The end of summer in Southern California almost always means a heat wave. For my patients who suffer from the symptoms of menopause, this is often the most uncomfortable time of year. Menopause is probably one of the most over-looked syndromes in modern medicine. If you've ever been to a doctor for menopausal complaints, likely you would be offered one of two things: 1: Artificial Hormones, or 2: Just deal with it!
I think neither one of those options are acceptable. And they don't have to be! Hormone replacement therapy comes with a whole host of health risks. And simply suffering through the symptoms of menopause, likely for many years, is just not a great option. There is a solution for menopause, and it can mean having a graceful, natural transition into the next stage of a woman's life. The solution is Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Symptoms of Menopause
We've all seen the ladies with the fans, red-faced, sweat pouring down their head and chest, even in what seems to be a perfectly temperate environment. That's menopause--all the hot flashes, day sweating, night sweating (overall sweating really), irritability, and weight gain--that's just the most commonly talked about symptoms. Other common symptoms of menopause include insomnia, thirst, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, dry skin and eyes, dry/brittle/thinning hair, loss of memory and concentration. People are often not even aware that these other symptoms are related to menopause. While not everyone experiences all of the symptoms, many women at some point or another have experienced all of them, which does not make for a great quality of life. I often have patients who tell me they are so embarrassed by the constant sweating and sensation of heat, that it prevents them from doing social activities.