How To Deal With Perimenopause, Naturally.
Are you experiencing any of the following?
Waking up hot
Waves of hot and cold sensations
Dry, crawly/prickly sensation on skin
These are some of the symptoms of Perimenopause, (the time a woman is commencing menopause). I spoke to my friend, and brilliant Dr. of Chinese medicine, Sandie, who has shared her story of Perimenopause and solutions to help you.
Written by Dr. Sandie Griffiths
Caz asked me to write an article on Perimenopause/Menopause. I'd like to share something about what I've learned as both a Dr. of Chinese medicine and as a 49-year-old woman going through this phase herself.
For me, Perimenopause started three years ago. In my opinion, it was triggered by stress. Our family had just moved from the country to Melbourne, with three new schools for the kids. Our children were emotionally vulnerable, and I felt responsible. Our house was on a busy corner, and I was not used to traffic noise, so my sleep was affected. All of this turned into exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed, hot and cold sensations, perspiring at night, poor concentration and ultimately anxiety.
I started waking up regularly during the night, then found it difficult to get to sleep and ultimately this lead to insomnia. I ended up experiencing a range of symptoms that I'd never experienced before including anxiety, prickly sensations on my skin (like hundreds of ants crawling) and severe lightheadedness, so much so I felt close to passing out. To be honest, I’d never felt so strung out in my life.
One day I felt so unusual I checked into Epworth to make sure these symptoms weren't a precursor to a stroke. After eight hours of tests, I was able to go home. On reflection, I realized the symptoms I was experiencing were part of Perimenopause.
Once cleared of anything life threatening, I started taking Chinese herbal medicine to strengthen my body and acupuncture to calm my nervous system. Within three weeks my sleep had improved, night sweats had begun to reduce, and anxiety, lightheadedness, and poor concentration had greatly diminished. After three months of treatment, I felt like my old self again. I was sleeping well, felt positive and had lots of energy.
It is interesting to note that many Asian women experience less discomfort during the menopausal years. Traditionally Asian cultures seem to have an inherent understanding that as we get older our bodies need to be replenished and they know how to do this. They understand that the principals of nourishment work effectively and is all that is needed. They take food and herbs daily to help manage these changes when they first appear.
For thousands of years, Asian women have nourished their bodies with natural plant-based foods including herbs. According to Chinese Medicine it is the ‘Kidney organ system’ that oversees the aging process and can easily become depleted or deficient. The Asian diet adheres to five different flavors eaten in each meal and it is this variety of food that helps to keep balance.
Some research indicates that acupuncture may balance the body by promoting homeostasis and by influencing the Nervous, Cardiovascular, Endocrine and Immune Systems. It appears that acupuncture may activate the part of the nervous system that is responsible for calming the body and regulating body temperature which is why it might be able to help reduce anxiety, hot flushes and night sweats.
Thanks for sharing Sandie.
Sandie Griffiths is an experienced doctor of Chinese Medicine. She treats the presenting issue but looks for the underlying cause. She believes firmly in the body’s innate ability to heal, given a chance.
Sandie uses herbal medicine and an advanced method of acupuncture to help heal the body. Her goal is to give people more energy, make them feel great, and live a long and healthy life.
If you are experiencing any of the above, please contact Sandie at Natural Wellness Albert Park- Healing.
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