Menopause marks the cessation of a woman’s menstrual cycles, generally occurring in mid 40s to 50s. It is a natural biological phase. While most women can transit through this phase without much discomfort, some experience symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, and bone loss. These symptoms can present in different combinations, with varying intensity and duration. In severe cases, menopausal symptoms can disrupt daily lives. This is the result of naturally declining reproductive hormones, as our bodies cruise through a different phase of life. From TCM viewpoint, as a woman ages, her Kidney Qi declines along with its function, and this declination becomes especially prominent after the age of 49. During this biological transition, the body is in a delicate balance of Yin and Yang, which can be easily upset by any internal or external disturbances. Although the deterioration of Kidney function is fundamental to the manifestations of menopausal symptoms, other organs also participate in this change. Therefore, to provide a holistic treatment, TCM practitioners generally approach these clinical presentations by nourishing the Kidney, regulating the Liver and Spleen function, and calming the mind.

In cases where menopausal symptoms are mild and tolerable, you can try out some simple remedies to help ease your discomfort.

1. Self-massage

  • SanYinJiao: Regulate Spleen and Stomach function (digestive functions), nourish Kidney and Liver, improve blood circulation. Located 3 inches (4 finger width) above the inner ankle, behind the shin bone.
  • TaiXi: Nourish Yin and Kidney. Located between Achilles tendon and inner ankle.

  • ShenMen: Nourish Yin and calm the mind. Located on the crease of the wrist, beneath the little finger.

    2. Simple herbal tea

    Rose lavender tea Ingredients: Rose buds 3g, lavender 3g, lemon 2slices, water 500ml Directions: Brew the rose buds and lavender with hot water using a thermal flask. Leave it for 20min before consumption. Repeat for second brew. Function: Improve Qi circulation and calm the mind. Suitable for women experiencing mood swings and insomnia.
      3. Simple recipes

    White fungus porridge Ingredients: White fungus 5g, rice 50-100g, rock sugar (or red dates) as appropriate

    Method: Wash the ingredients before cooking into porridge

    Function: Nourish Liver and Kidney. Suitable for women with hot flushes, palpitations and/or backache.

    Barley yam porridge

    Ingredients: Chinese barley 10g, fresh Chinese yam 50g, rice 100g

    Method: Wash the ingredients. Bring to boil before turning down the fire to simmer

    Function: Nourish Spleen and expel dampness. Suitable for women with poor digestion and/or fatigue.

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