In TCM theory, menopause problems involve a natural decline of kidney functioning, and blood and essence depletions as well as blockage of the Conception Vessel and  the Thoroughfare Vessel in the pelvic region. Acupuncture and moxibustion therapies can invigorate kidney function, boost the production of blood and essence, and remove blockages in the meridians, so that the body can rebuild a new balance smoothly. Clinically, acupuncture and moxibustion form the basis of menopause treatment, and they work on particular acupuncture points to create comprehensive regulating effects that benefit the whole body. For example, acupuncture stimulates certain points to activate the ovaries, to promote hormonal secretions, and to enhance the immune system. With appropriate point selection and techniques, they can also address specific health needs. Acupuncture and moxibustion therapies are not only effective in alleviating many menopause symptoms, but also help slow down the degeneration of the ovaries so as to let the body adjust itself gradually.

In application, the acupuncture points are usually selected along the liver, Kidney, spleen, stomach, conception,vessel and governor vessels. Besides selecting each individual point carefully, TCM practitioners also combine them according to the patients specific syndrome. For example:

  1.     Kidney yin deficiency: menstrual irregularities, hot flashes, night sweating, mouth dryness, constipation, hot sensations in the palms and soles, yellowish urine, red tongue, and thready,rapid pulse. Suggested acupoints: shen shu (Bl 23), gan shu (Bl 18) and san yin jiao (Sp 6). 

  2.     Kidney yang deficiency: menstrual irregularities, a dull complexion, lumbar weakness, joint soreness, limb coldness, pale tongue, and deep pulse. Suggested acupoints: shen shu (Bl 23), ming men (Gv 4) and zhi shi (Bl 52).

  3.     Kidney yin and yang deficiencies: alternative hot flashes and chills, night sweats, hot sensation in the palms and soles, fatigue, red tongue and rapid, thready pulse. Suggested acupoints: zhi shi (Bl 52), qi hai (Cv 6) and tai xi (Ki 3).

When there are cold signs such as limb coldness, chills, and cold pain in the lower abdomen, moxibustion is applied in conjunction with acupuncture, such as the kidney yang deficiency syndrome described above. For general health promotion, moxa sticks can be applied for warming the uterus and smoothing the Conception Vessel and Thoroughfare Vessel; suggested points are Guan yuan (Cv 4), zhong wan (Cv 12), qi hai (Cv 6) and san yin jiao (Sp 6), every night warm for three to five minutes in each point.

Treatment of Menopause Syndromes with TCM

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