Menopausal Hot Flushing

There you are, going about your life with confidence and purpose, when all of a sudden you get another hot flush and within moments you’re reduced to a flustered, sweaty mess. For many women this is a sad and common story.

Fortunately there are pro-active ways of dealing with these distressing symptoms, beyond the standard medical response of hormone replacement therapy.

Chinese Medicine (CM) has been tending to this condition for many centuries. Most commonly, a pattern of persistent hot flushing will be diagnosed as a Kidney Yin deficiency or Yin Failing to Control Yang. In other cases it may be a Stagnation of Blood.

A skilful Chinese Medicine Doctor will establish a diagnosis based on the specific symptoms and body signs that each person presents. The full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine offer a reputable treatment option for the management of menopausal syndrome.


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Menopausal Hot Flushing:  Level Two – Evidence of Potential Positive Effect 

Perimenopausal & Postmenopausal Insomnia:  Level Two – Evidence of Potential Positive Effect 

Conditions with Level Two evidence have good support of efficacy, but require further research.


Menopausal Syndrome:  Level Three – Weak or Unclear Evidence of Efficacy 

This level of evidence is applied to conditions that have not yet shown clear, consistent results. Keep in mind that any single study demonstrating a positive effect is insufficient; it is only after a series of consistent studies that science will draw a positive conclusion. And please also keep in mind that ‘lack of evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!


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