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TCM Can Help Menstrual Irregularity During Menopause

TCM Can Help Menstrual Irregularity During Menopause


Many patients seek care for missed, irregular or excessively heavy menstrual cycles. There are three types of menstrual dysregulation. Type one presents as irregular and prolonged cycles with heavy flow for a period of time, which gradually reduces until menses eventually cease. Type two presents as prolonged cycles with months of gaps in between. Menstrual flows gradually reduce over time until complete cessation. The third type is when menstruation suddenly stops and never recurs, which is quite rare.


Perspectives on Menstrual Dysregulation: Medical vs. TCM


Western medicine: Fluctuation of estrogen levels is the most common reason for vaginal bleeding during menopause. Hormonal changes lead to bleeding without ovulation and irregular cycles. Sometimes uterine lining continues to overgrow and results in excessive bleeding.


TCM: Advantage of TCM is holistic treatment based on differential diagnosis. TCM treatment is effective and safe. TCM theory suggests that the underlying causes of menopausal syndromes are gradual weakening of the “kidney system”, “Qi and blood” and the “conception and thoroughfare vessel system”. Thus, cardiovascular, hepatic and splenic manifestations are all symptoms secondary to “kidney insufficiency”. Herbal treatment based on differential diagnosis can alleviate symptoms, shorten the course of menopause, and regulate endocrine system to reestablish balance.


Nutrition during menopause:

Due to irregular menstruation, heavy flows, and shortened cycles, anemia is commonly seen. Regulating menstrual cycles should be priority. In addition, adequate protein intake is recommended. Lean meat, chicken/duck blood, fresh fruit and vegetables, red dates, longan and sticky rice are all foods that can benefit women during menopause.