From a Classical Chinese medical point of view menopause is considered a natural part of life.
The symptoms experienced by women during this significant transition period is not a problem of declining ovarian function (reduced circulating oestrogen and progesterone) but a problem of a relative increase in activity of the adrenal and thyroid glands and therefore of higher levels of circulating adrenaline and thyroid hormones.
The heightened levels of adrenaline and thyroxine accounts for many of the dramatic symptoms of menopause - hot flashes, energy imbalances, mood imbalances, increased appetite and hence weight gain, etc. Also during this period of transition we need to learn how to adapt or change lifelong habits of lifestyle and food consumption.
So the focus of Classical acupuncture treatments is to address and balance the adrenal and thyroid hormones, which in turn reduces the severity of the symptoms of menopause. Also lifestyle and dietary recommendations are given to guide you through this important period of change.
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