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The typical protocol for severe menopausal symptoms of night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and moodiness is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT replaces the estrogen and progesterone in varying doses dependent on the patient’s needs. Administration of these hormones is by pill, patch or cream / gel. The problem with HRT is that it brings with it a high level of risk for the patient. Studies have shown that HRT can increase a patient’s risk for breast cancer, heart disease, increased LDL cholesterol, and stroke; all diseases that women in transition are already at risk for. Another reason why you shouldn’t opt for HRT is because menopause is a natural part of a woman’s reproductive life, which includes a decrease in sex hormones. If you try to un-naturally replace these hormones and extend the reproductive phase the body will respond with diseased states.
The use of pharmaceuticals for the various symptoms of menopause is very common, but often creates more side-effects and a lower quality of life. Recently, Clonidine (antihypertensive) and gabapentin (antiseizure) drugs have been used in the treatment for hot flashes. Other commonly used drugs for mood swings are antidepressants such as: Prozac, Paxil, and Effexor.
What can Eastern Medicine do for Menopause?
Many of the symptoms of menopause can be effectively treated with Eastern Medicine. Our approach is mainly through herbal therapy and acupuncture, which restores balance to Yin and Yang, clears away heat signs, breaking up blood stasis, moving Qi, regulating fluid metabolism, and increasing the bodies overall energies. Eastern medicine focuses on the Kidney energies, which are the root of Yin and Yang, and correlate with the endocrine system. By supplementing the Kidney energies hormonal balance can be achieved. The Liver and Spleen are two other focal points in relation to energy and blood production and distribution, and the smooth flow of Qi & blood through the body. The benefits of Eastern Medicine are: improved sleep, pain alleviation, decreased / elimination of hot flashes and night sweats, calmed nervous system, and improved mood. Another aspect of Eastern therapy for menopause depends greatly on the patient’s ability to make lifestyle and dietary changes that will augment treatment success.
Eastern Medicine can. . .