Perimenopause & Menopause

The average age of menopause onset is 50 years old, while the early changes associated with perimenopause can begin in a woman’s 30’s to 40’s. Because this is a time characterized by fluctuations in hormone levels, which can span several years before the cessation of menses, the entire process is known as the menopausal transition.

A woman is considered to be post-menopausal when she has been without menstruation for at least 12 months.

Natural Treatment for Menopause

Traditional Chinese medicine and functional medicine is an extremely helpful combo for women going through the menopausal transition. During this time, women often experience unpleasant symptoms such as joint pain, low libido, vaginal dryness, poor memory, hot flashes and night sweats, to name a few. Because women don’t feel like themselves, or can have terrible symptoms, they often consider the hormone replacement therapy. HRT can often relieve your symptoms, however it fails to get to the root cause of your hormone imbalance and could possibly result in weight gain, heart attack, depression, stroke, and even an increased risk for breast cancer.

At Points for Wellness, we take a natural approach to treating perimenopause and menopause. This involves a thorough health history and evaluation, helpful laboratory testing, and an individualized treatment plan that includes herbal medicine and/or supplements, nutrition counseling, acupuncture, and stress reduction to help relieve those pesky menopausal symptoms.

How Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Can Help

Recent research has shown that Chinese medicine can have lasting effects on reducing the vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause (i.e. hot flashes, irritability, etc.), and can help increase bone mass and density associated with osteoporosis. It can also help to increase blood circulation, which further promotes bone and heart health.

In fact, acupuncture and Chinese herbs are routinely used to help with all of the following:

  • Mood swings
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Hot Flashes & Night sweats
  • Low Libido
  • Weight Gain
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues

By running thorough lab work, we can get a clear picture on how all systems are performing individually and collectively. By addressing the imbalances, we can greatly reduce your symptoms as well as setting you up for optimal health and disease prevention for this new phase of life!