Our Specialty

Tired - Stressed - Depressed - Fat

Over the years we have recognized a constellation of symptoms that bring many patients to our clinic. These people have often consulted many practitioners with varying results. While not everyone has all of these symptoms most have a lot of them:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Foggy thinking or lack of focus
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Joint pain and or inflammation
  • Sweet cravings
  • Allergies
  • Skin problems
  • Thyroid problems
  • Autoimmune problems

If a lot of these sound familiar you are in good company. Your body is out of balance and very depleted. We can find the root and fix it to bring back your vitality and hopefully some joy in living.

Women’s Health Issues

The Hormone Dilemma

Many women facing or entering menopause are confronted with what seems like a dilemma without a solution. They must tolerate the mood swings, sweats, insomnia or hot flashes of “The Change” or risk hormone replacement therapy. Many women assume the risk, while others just suffer the symptoms. There is an alternative however.

Thousands of years ago Chinese doctors started experimenting with hormones derived from urine much like what Western doctors currently prescribe with Premarin (pregnant mares’ urine). In the case of menopause, they were dissatisfied with the use of hormones alone because it failed to address all of the symptoms or imbalances they were seeing. Today those imbalances are even more profound. Our lives are stressful and our diets less than perfect. Girls reach puberty early. Hormone levels are commonly imbalanced by the time a woman reaches her thirties, as demonstrated by increasing complaints of PMS. Stress and diet play an important role in menopause due to the interrelationship between the adrenals, the thyroid gland, and levels of hormones available. Menopause symptoms are becoming more common and more severe. Menopause without adverse symptoms, otherwise known as “ideal menopause”, is becoming increasingly rare.

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Menopause is not just about hot-flashes and night sweats. For some, these symptoms never occur. Instead, some women experience depression, insomnia, memory loss, anxiety, weight gain and joint pain among many others. Menopause may also increase a women’s risk for osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. So what are your options

Oriental Medicine works for menopause by treating each woman as a unique individual. The pattern of symptoms tells us where to look for weakness in the body. Other signs, like an individual’s pulses or even their tongue, show us where the body needs to be strengthened and where things need to be moved. Everyone is different. If stress in your life has caused depletion of your adrenals they may not be able to make even the small amount of hormones you need for an ideal menopause. The same stress affecting a different part of your body could cause anxiety and mood swings. What you eat may also cause problems. Caffeine can cause hot flashes while sugar can be the cause of your joint pain or memory loss. It all depends on where your body is weak. In my practice I use Oriental Medicine, acupuncture and herbs to locate your body’s weaknesses and treat them. Along the way we can offer some healing alternatives for menopause and its many symptoms.