Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are perfect choices to make for women in menopause since they provide effective, noninvasive and truly safe treatment for debilitating menopausal symptoms.
Also aromatherapy combined with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can synergistically help lessen menopausal symptoms as well as treat the underlying problem. Before deciding going for hormone therapy, it is highly recommended that you consider first trying Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. The great advantage of these natural modalities is that they are free of harmful side effects. The long-term side effects of hormone therapy make it quite a controversial therapy. It can provide short-term benefits to menopausal women but the likelihood of emotional fluctuations, fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cancer greatly increases. Hence, it is definitely a good idea to start with therapies that are vey safe and will cause no harm to the body. Some of the Chinese herbal formulas that can resolve hot flashes and night sweating include:
Celestial emperor (Tian hwan bu hsin dan) – used for symptoms such as thirst, irritability, anxiety and insomnia
Free and easy wanderer (Jia wei hsiao yao wan) – For hot flashes as well as indigestion, headaches, irritability, red eyes, and severe stress.
Er hsian tang – a remedy for symptoms of low back pain, fatigue and cold sensation with recent onset of hot flashes.
Shi bai di wang wan – used to treat low back pain, fatigue and hot flashes. This has been widely used herbal remedy for centuries.
Some aromatherapy products for menopausal symptoms include menopause bath products to balance the body: some of these products (with corresponding dosages) for menopausal symptoms include:
5 drops lavender
4 drops Clary sage
3 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops Fennel
3 drops Cypress
3 drops Geranium
Fill your bathtub with warm or hot water. Immerse yourself for three minutes in the water prior to placing the oils. When adding the oils try to mix the oils to the bathtub water. Stay in the tub for 20 minutes preferably while inhaling slowly and deeply and with relaxing music with low candles/ lights.
5 drops Cypress
7 drops Clary sage
8 drops Roman chamomile
7 drops Rose Geranium
4 drops Peppermint
8 ounces of distilled water
Add the oils and water into a spray bottle and shake. Whenever you sense an incoming hot flash, spray yourself with the mixture. Keep it refrigerated and before using it, shake the bottle well.
Compress Cooling Blend:
9 drops of Cypress
4 drops of ilang ilang
11 drops of Rose Geranium
14 drops of Clary sage
15 drops of Lavender
8 drops of Patchouli
5 drops of Peppermint
1 quart cool to cold water
Add the oils together in a glass bottle. Add 5 drops of this mixture to the water. Soak a cloth in the water and apply to your chest, neck or face or to any part of your body to help ease the hot flashes.
Night sweats and hot flashes are likely to respond favorably with acupuncture and herbal therapy. Most patients leave favorable feedback to these therapies. One should be reminded that herbs will only work if they address a person’s specific needs. Everyone is unique and different and one treatment effective for one person may not be effective to another.