Every woman’s experience of perimenopause and menopause is different. Some women breeze through almost unaffected, but the vast majority experience a wide range of life-disrupting symptoms: migraines, tension headaches, hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, and weight gain just to name a few. Did you know that your experience of perimenopause and menopause has everything to do with your hormone levels? Imbalances between estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are heightened upon entering perimenopause, and worsen into menopause. Because every woman’s hormonal balance is different, every woman deserves targeted, individualized care.
Every woman’s hormonal balance is unique. While some women have a perfect balance of hormones, most have some sort of imbalance. Some women tend more toward estrogen dominance, others toward progesterone dominance, and some toward testosterone dominance. Each pattern comes with its own set of symptoms during the reproductive years, and these patterns can continue to dominate into perimenopause and menopause.
Hormone imbalances can be triggered by genetics, environmental triggers and endocrine disruptors, medications, high stress, poor nutrition, inadequate sleep, and a lack of exercise.
Hormone testing is key to successful treatment of perimenopause and menopause symptoms. Our practitioners can analyze recent hormone panel workups you’ve taken with your primary care doctor, or direct you to LabCorp for a thorough blood work panel. This knowledge provides us with a clear picture of what the body may be lacking and how to target supplementation to encourage your body to ramp up production of one or more hormones. Functional Medicine works holistically to analyze all of the body systems that contribute to our hormonal balance, everything from the reproductive system, to the endocrine and detox systems. How each of these systems is functioning plays a huge role in your symptoms, and in your overall health.
Acupuncture and Chinese traditional herbal medicine can help to reduce the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, especially hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and anxiety. This is because this collection of symptoms in peri- and menopausal women are all due to what is known in Chinese medicine as a yin deficiency. As one of the primary substances in the theory of Chinese Medicine, yin is a grounding, nourishing substance associated with body fluids and blood. This substance naturally declines in women as we age. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for menopause can be used to replenish it and reduce symptoms.
Additionally, acupuncture has great benefits for hormone balancing by reducing cortisol, a stress hormone that has negative effects on the body’s production of hormones.
At Austin Quan Yin, we take an individualized and holistic approach to your health. Each of our staff is an experienced Chinese herbal medicine practitioner and acupuncturist, with additional training in integrative medicine. Using a combination of professional-grade supplements, diet and nutritional support, Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture, we have all the tools to help women in Austin, TX get the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause under control. Book today with one of us so we can work towards your life back!