Menopausal Symptoms and CAM (Complementary Alternative Medicine)   

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Menopause usually occurs around during a woman’s early 50’s.  Symptoms can be physically taxing, but there are some ways to relieve even the worst of those.  Looking at menopause from the holistic perspective using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a great approach for women who want to take responsibility for their health during this particular part of their lives. Many times, prescriptions and other procedures are needed, but there are some things you can do to reduce symptoms.

 “We like to look at each woman’s journey through menopause on a case-by-case basis,” says Dr. Shannon Price. “That helps to decide what combination of CAM or conventional treatments can be utilized.”

Menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes (sudden warm feeling, usually with blushing)
  • Night sweats (hot flashes that occur at night, often disturbing sleep)
  • Fatigue (probably from disturbed sleep patterns)
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Fluctuations in sexual desire or response.

 

Because menopause occurs over a span of a few years and in conjunction with the aging process, other symptoms can arise which are attributed to, and add to the discomfort caused by menopause. These include:

  • Weight gain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Aging skin
  • Depression
  • Lack of energy
  • Joint pain
  • Hair loss and changes in hair quality.

 

Here’s a few things that may help manage and reduce menopausal symptoms:

 

Exercise is a key tool in managing menopausal symptoms.  Find something you like! From cycling and barre to yoga, hiking, high-intensity training and pilates, there’s no shortage of options.  The benefits you receive physically, mentally and emotionally from intentional exercise are worth the effort. And remember, this is about feeling your best and being fit!

 

Eating right!  We know you don’t want to hear it, but reducing sugar, alcohol, refined flour, and processed foods really do help.  Make this a time to explore new recipes, flavors – you may be surprised at how much it helps.

 

Acupressure/Acupuncture involves the applying of pressure either by finger or needle to specific points on the body tapping into the body’s energy systems to relieve symptoms or illness elsewhere in the body.

Massage not only feels great, but the physiological and psychological benefits to the receiver are also well-documented. Massage is used to induce relaxation and serenity by easing strain and tension, and promoting circulation

Reflexology involves applying gentle but firm pressure to areas of the hands or feet to relieve symptoms or discomforts in areas of the body connected by the meridian energy system.

Mind-body therapies include meditation, reiki, hypnosis and counseling to help you manage symptoms and embrace this new phase of ife.

 

Our physicians and medical providers work with our patients to gain insight into their individual symptoms, desired outcomes and outlined a personal plan for dealing with menopausal symptoms.

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Source: Women’s Health Concern