Oriental Medicine views menopause as a natural process, not a disease state. Menopause is defined as a decline of kidney essence which we all have at birth (like DNA in western medicine) and a deficiency of yin and yang of the kidneys. Despite different approaches of balancing menopausal issues, women in the east and the west can experience the same type of symptoms. Let's qualify the functions of yin and yang to help you see my perspective. Yin: nighttime, represents water, moistens and cools. Yang: represents fire, brightens, daytime, has upward movement and is warming and a motivating force.

Some of the symptoms that present when the forces of yin/yang are out of balance are: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irritability/depression, nervousness/anxiety, fatigue, osteoporosis, vaginal dryness, lower libido, abnormal bleeding syndromes. I always look at the signs and symptoms as well as the tongue and pulse before I do a diagnosis. I match the treatment principle with the diagnosis. I then put together an acupuncture prescription and an herbal prescription, and some diet adjustments if they are needed. Again this is on a case-by-case basis, as this is not a disease but an imbalance that can be re-balanced through review of your menstrual history and of the chief complaint. All of the Chinese formulas are based on natural herbs and are great not only in treating the symptoms of menopause, but can also be used in combination with western medicine, especially to treat side effects of hormonal supplements.