An article called “Study: Acupuncture can ease menopause symptoms” by Los Angeles Times writer Karen Kaplan regarding a study by Turkish researchers was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, KY) on March 15, 2011. This article stimulated me to write my article about what is actually needed to get rid of the symptoms of the passage into menopause. To understand what is needed to alleviate the suffering, we should cover what menopause is (and what it is not), why some populations are more likely to get these symptoms, and the various remedies for them.

What is menopause? Menopause is defined by many modern medical practitioners as the date on which you have not had a menstrual period for one year. In other words, mark on the calendar the each month when no menstrual period occurs. When you have marked twelve in a row, you are told to have reached menopause. The time of this transition, the time somewhat before it, and the time somewhat after it may be marked by what some call menopausal symptoms. These are, according to the Merck Manual 13th edition: hot flushes, sweating, nervousness, fatigue, lassitude, depression, irritability, insomnia, palpitation, numbness and tingling, urinary frequency, incontinence, and various gastrointestinal disturbances. Or, there may be no symptoms at all! What menopause is not: it is not a disease. When these symptoms occur they are uncomfortable at the mild end of the scale and may drastically affect the ability to function in life at the sever end of the scale. How do we deal with these things? Let's consider three approaches: allopathic treatment, acupuncture, and the vitalist approach.

Allopathic treatment of these symptoms is large drug treatment in the US at this time. The common pharmaceutical approach to hot flushes and sweating are what we talk about now. Drug treatments for the other symptoms are a subject for other articles. These treatments are partly successful at holding the hot flushes and sweating at bay. The problems with this approach are large:

• they are not a cure
• increased risk of coronary heart disease
• increased stroke risk
• increased risk of breast cancer

Acupuncture was shown by the Turkish researchers to decrease the severity of hot flushes and increase estrogen levels. This can be a very useful help.

The Vitalist approach is more Wholisitic because it uses diet, lifestyle, and herbal remedies. Other modes of treatment such as acupuncture are valuable in this because of the more immediate help with strangersome hot flushes. Diet is a huge factor that may determine whether or not you will have to suffer the symptoms that can accompany the change to menopause. It really is not complex although it is not easy. We in North America are in the habit of eating Standard American Diet with all its fast foods, high sugars, bad fats, and very low intake of healthy food. Habit is the thing that makes it not easy to change but bad habits can be broken and new good habits formed.

Psychologists tell us that anything we do for 21 days consistently can form and new habit. This is work but it gives us the tool we need. The diet regime that I like is the Mucusless Diet as taught at Dr. John Christopher's School of Natural Healing. It is successful at eliminating unhealthy food intake and giving us healthy food intake. It contains fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and grains – all in there whole form (not processed). No dairy. One gallon of distilled water daily. I have defined this diet on my blog site and you can get there using the URL in the authors box below this article. Because the Vitalist understands that the body was designed to heal when given the correct conditions, this diet will work to eliminate the symptoms of menopause change. But healing also takes lifestyle change in some cases. This means adequate exercise, fresh air, and sunshine. But what about the sufferers symptoms? This is where acupuncture and herbal aids can be helpful.

Herbal aids supply the body with what is needed to heal. Many times the herb will supply something that is so precisely needed by the body that the menopausal symptoms of hot flushes and sweating will go away almost immediately. Other times it takes longer – remember, though, that these things did not occur in just one day and may take a while to correct completely. In my experience I have observed both extremes. One great formula contains: Black Cohosh Root, Sarsaparilla Root, American Ginseng Root, Licorice Root, False Unicorn Root, Blessed Thistle Herb, and Squaw Vine herb. This particular formula is called Hormonal Changease by Wholistic Botanicals of Spanish Fork, Utah.

By the way, the symptoms of nervousness, fatigability, lassitude, depression, irritability, insomnia, palpitation, numbness and tingling, urinary frequency, incontinence, and various gastrointestinal disorders all have been successfully alleviated by using the statute of diet, lifestyle, and herbal aids!

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