Menopause and hot flashes- A TCM Approach
Here, at Bodhi Tree, we view menopause as a period of natural change. Yes, we all know that change is a natural and essential process in life, but change can also come with some hardy navigational challenges like hot flashes.
Are hot flashes common during menopause?
About 75% of women experience hot flashes during menopause.
What is the TCM connection between hot flashes menopause?
There is a vessel called the Bao Mai which connects the heart to the uterus and it is said in ancient texts that if the heart energy is blocked it can directly affect the functioning of the uterus. The uterus, in turn, is related to the kidneys via a channel called the uterus channel (Bao Luo). During menopause the energy moves up from the uterus to the heart, which may cause you to experience hot flashes. So if we understand that hot flushes are the body's way of reminding us that we are becoming more heart centered then we may find it easier to accept the side effects of this movement.
How Can TCM Help with Hot Flashes?
TCM looks for the pattern of disharmony in the individual who is presenting with menopausal symptoms. Menopause presents differently in each woman so no treatment is alike. Your practitioner will talk to you about your general health, symptoms, past health patterns and the health of your surrounding environment before using the diagnostic techniques of pulse and tongue. Once your practitioner understands what is occurring in your body they can tailor a treatment to bring your energy and body back into balance.
What to expect in your treatment?
-acupuncture tailored to your needs
- herbal prescription to strengthen acupuncture treatment
-uncovering thoughts and behaviours that are blocking the heart channel.
Is TCM effective in treating hot flashes?
Hormone replacement therapy is considered the most effective therapy for menopause related symptoms but it comes with serious potential health risks. According to Nancy Avis, Professor of public health sciences Wake Forest University School of Medicine recent research found that "although acupuncture does not work for every woman, our study showed that on average acupuncture effectively reduced the frequency of hot flashes and the results were maintained for 6 months after the treatments stopped."