In my last article on menopause, I wrote how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views this life transition through its cultural and societal lenses. Now we will look at how TCM treats menopause on a physical and psychological level. Since TCM views menopause as a natural life, event as opposed to a medical problem, it tends to manage it more through lifestyle changes, diet, and exercise. However, if symptoms become uncomfortable, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used strategically for a very safe and effective treatment.
Asian countries, similar to many people across the world, view the cessation of menses as something to celebrate rather than mourn. It marks the shift in women’s roles in the community. For many cultures, this means moving from the responsibilities of mid life to that of the grand matriarch. As elders are often revered for their wisdom this grants women a special status. Therefore, menopause is often seen in a positive light in Asia.