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I meet women everywhere who, under their breath, laughingly ask, what can I do for menopause symptoms.

Menopause is the marking of time when a woman is no longer able to bear children.

When men go through their middle age crisis, it relates to sports cars and younger women. When women go through menopause, it’s all, hush hush, and not talked about?

Menopause is a phase women go through, when they need to balance themselves in a new way, with different focus.

An easy menopause is the mark of harmony in health for years to come. It’s an opportunity for renewal, a new beginning.

When a woman experiences difficulties with menopause, their health issues usually began some years before this transition. But they were, usually, ignored. Often these same women did not have a smooth transition through puberty and in their later years, their hormones have not improved in health.

There could have been menstrual issues, digestive discomfort, anxiety or simply too much stress. All these issues affect the vital force of the body, or the qi.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can give you great relief, when menopause symptoms strike.

The biggest choice you can make, at any stage of life, is to be aware of how you push yourself, how you force or exert your energy beyond your comfort zone. For example, when you are fatigued, your body adjusts and heals itself. But you fight it. We all do.

One of the first complaints I hear about menopausal symptoms, is fatigue.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are a wonderful adjunct for rejuvenating and energizing your strength to move through these shifts with grace. This may be where the idea of growing wise as you age, comes from. Likewise, when you do learn to relax and let go and let life be, menopause will be a healthy transition to a more peaceful mindset and a happier, more relaxed outlook on life. Your menopause symptoms will be less.

Exercise and diet are essential for a smooth, hormonal shift. Here are 3 more things you can do for yourself, to ease menopause:

1. Drink a ‘green drink’ everyday and preferably, wheat grass or barley grass. Amazing grass offers a few greens products – one with a high amount of protein and one with extra superfoods. You can check both of them out to fit your needs.

Here’s the reason I recommend green drinks: anything green can relax and nourish the liver. The liver is the storehouse for the blood. According to Western science the liver has 200-300 functions, which can be measured. That does not include all that we don’t know about the liver.

One of the many functions it does have is it helps to regulate the hormones in the body as it cleanses the blood. A key hormone the liver regulates is estrogen. This is why liver cleansing becomes popular for menopausal women who are overweight. They are always asking me if they should clear out their liver.

With menopause, we are not producing enough progesterone to promote activity in the body. This is why helping the liver to cleanse, with greens, stimulates cleansing activity, clearing unnecessary estrogen, which builds up and creates cysts etc. as progesterone production slows down. Simply clearing the liver with liver cleansing herbs, such as milk thistle and dandelion, is not enough. More importantly, you want to provide nutrients for the whole body.

That is a very important aspect of liver health, which is often overlooked.

People do the same thing with intestinal health. They want to cleanse, but you need more than probiotics. Probiotics add healthy bacteria but do they really change anything? No. The same is true with the liver. Your liver, needs to be cleansed, but, more importantly, it also needs to be nourished, with greens

 2.  Support the adrenals.

In times of hormonal transitions, especially with the stress most of us live with at this time in life, it is vitally important to support the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands kick in as the ovaries slow down to a stop. With this extra stress, the adrenals tend to get tired. This imbalance in the endocrine system creates an imbalance in the rest of the endocrine system. You often see the pancreas and metabolism slowing down which can cause the thyroid to speed up.

This imbalance in the endocrine system creates many complications such as digestive issues, insomnia, night sweats, weight gain and many other side effects associated with menopausal symptoms.

3.  Eat a warm and balanced breakfast. Many people say they don’t have time for breakfast. I know about that and also about not liking breakfast foods. When I found out how important it is to eat a good breakfast I asked everyone I knew what he or she ate for breakfast. I didn’t feel the value of eating eggs but ice cream – yes, I loved ice cream for breakfast. That’s how I learned about the value of a good breakfast — by messing up first!

The breakfast meal balances the blood sugar for the whole day. When you eat a good protein breakfast, the rest of your day will be more stable. This will help your cravings for sweets and blood sugar rises and falls, which throw us out of balance.

The Chinese recommend eating breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. This is a great plan for any of you who are trying to lose weight. Eating protein in the early and middle part of the day provides energy for the long haul.

Eating a warm meal satisfies the stomach, as it is easier to digest hot foods. The stomach functions better with hot meals. Think about going to a Chinese restaurant. You are always served warm tea, not ice water. Ice water stings the delicate stomach tissue. Cold constricts. The stomach constricts. With warmth, the stomach relaxes and releases the digestive enzymes necessary to digest your food. Your digestion runs smoother this way.

These are just a few things you can do to make your transitions smoother.

Enjoy yourself and enjoy your day!


MaryAnne Bachia is a licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist, currently working in the state of Colorado. MaryAnne specializes in working with Acupuncture and herbs and chronic diseases, such as lymes, cancer, parkinsons, chronic fatigues, metabolic issues and any digestive issues.

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