Living Is Aging, Aging Is Living — Part 1
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient healing practice that consists of several modalities and theories that have proven effective over the last few thousand years. One of my favorite ways to summarize TCM is by emphasizing internal balance, preventative health and aging gracefully. The observational aspect that has fed TCM’s theories has made it possible to treat people throughout their ever evolving lives, while maintaining the balance and grace of a happy and healthy person.
Embracing change and transition is not always easy; however, TCM looks at the aging process in a positive way. From prepubescent and puberty to adult and geriatric, these milestones are achievements and should be embraced. One very challenging stages for a woman is perimenopause. While this is a natural process for woman, it can start in ones mid-30’s and can last up to 10 years. Symptoms like irregular menstruation, hot flashes, mood changes and vaginal/bladder issues are common. According to the Mayo Clinic, the main cause is due to the fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone. Healing modalities such as acupuncture and herbs are a couple examples of what is and was used during thousands of years of observation, documentation and treatment.
Balancing out the ups and downs of these hormones through our Qi (Chi) energy, triggering specific points that release natural endorphins and treating each individuals underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pattern has been very effective for treating perimenopause. Acupuncture will reduce stress and also provide an analgesic effect that reduces pain in the body, all of which help reduce a hormonal spike. As mentioned before TCM theory rests heavily on balance and understands the importance and inevitability of growth and change.
Living is aging and aging is living, so why not do it happy and healthy without extreme stressors. Whether it is a hormonal imbalance or a new wrinkle, this is a part of living and can be done gracefully and naturally with Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine! Stay tuned for more information and detailed explanation on how TCM assists the body during perimenopause and other hormonal transitional stages.