What Is Perimenopause? What Is Her Solution?
Women go through a period when the hormonal balance begins to feel very un-balanced. When a Woman is in this situation what is her solution? The symptoms can include:
- sudden weight gain
- fuzzy thinking
“Perimenopause is defined as the natural transition period preceding menopause that is often symptomatic of hormonal imbalance and fluctuations. In many ways it is the flip side of puberty, beginning as early as our mid 30’s or as late as our 50’s for some. Most often it starts during our mid to late 40’s, leading to menopause at an average age of 51…” More atUS.http://www.womentowomen.com/menopause/perimenopause.aspx?
We’re built to manage these conditions, but…we are not built to handle them along with chronic stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and all the environmental toxins that permeate the air and water. Western doctors response is to give you hormone replacement therapy. This is not good if your family history includes Breast, Ovarian or Uterine Cancer. That means most people in the world today.
This means just about any woman. So, what is her solution?
I’ve been writing this blog specifically to address the problems we all face in attempting to have a healthy libido, a healthy life even. I want to mention qigong and acupuncture as part of the overall plan.
“If you’re not familiar with how qigong and acupuncture work, it might help to do a crash course on how traditional Chinese medicine allows the body to achieve balance and good health. Western medicine views illness and disease as a result of pathogens and bacteria, but the Chinese believe that problems with the body are caused by an unequal distribution of the life energy chi. Think of chi as the blood that nourishes our organs and keeps the body going; if there is too much or too little of it in one organ, the body has difficulty functioning efficiently. According to traditional Chinese medicine, perimenopause symptoms are caused by obstructions in the meridians (pathways) leading to the kidney, the organ that controls feminine Essence (or in Western understanding, estrogen). Qigong and acupuncture are two ways of restoring the balance of chi, improving its circulation throughout the body, and soothing the symptoms of perimenopause.
Qigong as a Perimenopause Treatment
The self-healing art qigong literally translates to “working with the chi”. Using a series of meditation, breathing techniques, and fluid movements, qigong aims to improve the circulation of chi, strengthen the body, and eliminate the build-up of toxins. The movement of chi is essential to good health, and qigong allows women to get rid of their discomfort by moving all that chi-build-up caused by stress, poor diet, and unhealthy lifestyles. Certain qigong methods also focus on strengthening the chi flow to specific organs or systems of the body, such as the kidney, heart, or liver. For perimenopause relief, find a practitioner of external chi healing, a body-centered type of qigong where the healer funnels nature’s healing energy through her body. External chi healing can be done as a standalone treatment or be used together with massage or acupuncture.
Acupuncture for Symptom Relief
A more popular way of coping with the changes of perimenopause is acupuncture, an ancient Chinese technique that eliminates any blockages or imbalance in chi flow with the use of needles. Many women are intimidated by acupuncture because of the tools involved, but the needles are very slender and unobtrusive. You may not even notice that it has penetrated your skin! Women love acupuncture because unlike hormone replacement therapy, it’s not a one-size-fits-all treatment. The acupuncturist will take time to talk to you and get to know your symptoms and problems. From there, a personalized treatment plan will be formulated. The average acupuncture treatment lasts 15-30 minutes, depending on your symptoms. As for its efficacy, a study from Stanford University discovered that not only can acupuncture decrease the intensity and frequency of hot flashes; it improves sleep as well. Many women also swear by acupuncture’s ability to help them cope with stressful situations. For women who are trying to conceive, acupuncture has been found to increase fertility and their response to in vitro fertilization.
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Well, have we provided our EveryWoman with her solution? If she follows an overall program of exercise, healthy food, an herbal supplement ( I recommend “HerSolution“). and all of the various things I have already written about. In the near future I’ll be writing more about menopause, healthy eating, and laughter!
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