Chinese Medicine Treatment of Premature Menopause
Chief Complaint: early menopause symptoms
Western Diagnosis: early menopause
History: For past year, at age 39, patient complains of irregular menstruation (missing months, or 2x per month), hot flashes, migraines, night sweats, fatigue. Â High anxiety. Â Healthy prior to this.
Symptoms: Night sweats, fatigue, hot flashes, irregular menstruation, frontal headache / migraines, constipation, PMS / irritability, anxiety, insomnia
Palpation: thready, slightly wiry, slightly. slippery
Observation: Pale, red tip, central crack, slight. dusky, dusky underneath, scalloped sides
OM Diagnosis: Spleen qi deficiency/blood deficiency and stagnation, liver qi stag, deficient and excess heat from blood / yin def and qi stagnation.
Treatment Principle: calm shen, Tonify blood, move qi and blood, clear heat, strengthen spleen.
Point Prescription: Liv 3, LI4, sp9, sp 6, LI11, liv2, gb41, liv 8, p6, gb 38 (HA), kid 6 – yin tang as headaches recede throughout treatment course – plus NADA ear points which I do on everybody.
Herb Prescription: Jia wei xiao yao wan combined with tian ma gou teng wan.
Lifestyle Prescription: reduce caffeine intake, avoid MSG, avoid spicy and greasy food, reduce sweets / refined carbs, reduce damp causing foods e.g. yogurt.
Results: My patient has no more heat symptoms and her anxiety is almost non-existent. Â Her headaches are gone and she sleeps soundly through the night. Â She now comes in for maintenance, every 2 weeks. Â Her periods are regular, at 28 day intervals.
Synopsis: My patient is very pleased. Â It seems that we have thwarted her “early menopause” and her quality of life is greatly improved. Â She feels better than in years!
Name: Sara L. Ryan, D.Ac.
Credentials: MTOM Emperor’s College of TOM
Clinic Name: Acupuncture Office of Dr. Sara Ryan
Street address: 102 Gano Street
Specialties: Acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling