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Hot Flashes

Western Diagnosis

Hot flashes or flushes as they are sometimes known, are one of the symptoms of menopause. Some of the others include: anxiety, bladder problems, breast tenderness, burning and discomfort during intercourse, dizziness, dryness and aging of the skin, fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations, insomnia, mood swings, night sweats and shortness of breath.

All of these symptoms are due to estrogen and progesterone deficiency. Over time, the depleted supply of estrogen increases the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and vaginal atrophy.

It is important to remember that menopause is not an illness. It is a necessary and natural transition in which a woman stops ovulation and menstruation, indicating the end of fertility. While the beginning and completion of menopause varies from woman to woman, the average age menopause starts is fifty and the duration can be up to five years.

With a proper diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, most of the unpleasant side effects can be minimized if not eliminated altogether.

Eastern Diagnosis

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, menopause is diagnosed as agitated vexation of the internal organs and the symptoms are grouped into three categories.

The first is related to blood circulation and/or nerve disorders, including night sweats, hot flashes, dizziness, deterioration of vision, and ringing in the ears. The second is the mental/spirtual group: anxiety, depression, inability to concentrate or focus, insomnia, mood swings, poor memory and short temper. The third set of symptoms is related to the endocrine system and metabolism, including fluid retention, irregular menstrual periods, loss of bone mass, loss of sex drive, muscle/joint pain, pre-menstrual breast tenderness and weight gain.

In Chinese Medicine, the core of menopausal symtoms is kidney deficiency. Kidney energy is the main source of energy and vitality, and is involved with the endocrine system. A deficiency of kidney energy causes an imbalance of yin and yang resulting in the symptoms listed above.


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