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

Qing Li Chinese Therapy

ACUPUNCTURE

Traditional Chinese Medicine

   Tel: 902-407-4355          email:qing.therapy@gmail.com       Suite 206, 1535 Dresden Row,  Halifax, NS     B3J 3T1

*Qing Li Chinese Therapy, all results may vary on a individual basis so we make no guarantees, warranties or representations, implied or express, as to the appropriateness, timeliness, accuracy, completeness, and/or usefulness of any of the information, opinions, advice, services, data or other information contained or referenced on this website. Qing Li Chinese Therapy assumes no risk or obligation for your use of this website. Persons who visit and use this site are hereby advised and need to be fully aware that there are many controversies in the research, diagnosis and treatment. Further, information and understanding about any of our treatments are in a constant state of change. As the Qingli.ca website is only updated on a periodic basis, the site may not contain the most recent and updated medical information. Qing Li Chinese Therapy reserves the right to update or change information contained on this website at any time.*