Are you in your 40’s – 50’s, experiencing irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, drying skin, hair loss, or mood swings? You might be experiencing menopause.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is defined as having no menstrual period for one year. It is a natural aging process that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Bao Zhong Tang is a registered TCM clinic known for treating patients from all symptoms related to menopause. We provide our patients with holistic care with minimal side effects so that our patients are relieved from their symptoms and leave equipped with knowledge on how to care for themselves.
Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause. You will experience sudden warmth in your face, neck, and chest, with the occasional flushing and sweating, which might lead to chills if you are not careful. You might also experience increased heart rate, and feelings of anxiousness; do not panic, however, since hot flashes usually last for 5 minutes or less.
For most women, the effects are very mild so that it does not disrupt their daily lives. However, if you feel uncomfortable, are constantly stressed, or are experiencing the effects so intensely that you cannot live normally, do contact us and let us help alleviate the problematic symptoms of your hot flashes.
Note: Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, and smoking as these can trigger or worsen hot flashes. Stress and thick clothes/blankets can also cause hot flashes.
Night sweats are basically hot flashes that occur at night. These can wake you from sleep and potentially cause long-term sleep deprivation if the patient’s body clock is unable to adjust.
Menstruation irregularities vary among individuals. If your periods are inconsistent, it may be a sign of menopause, but don’t be surprised if they’re not. Remember, it only counts as menopause if your menstrual periods go missing for 12 consecutive months. You might just be really stressed or you might even be pregnant.
There are so many factors to consider, so we understand that it can get confusing at times. Thus, to be safe, if you skipped several months of menstrual periods. and you are unsure if you are transitioning into menopause, visit the doctor/gynecologist or consider a pregnancy test.
Moodiness during menopause is caused by imbalances in hormones produced by the ovaries. As your ovaries produce less of these hormones, your body and brain may experience multiple changes related to mood.
Emotional symptoms can be just as difficult to cope with compared to physical symptoms; For some women, the effects of menopause on mood are severe enough that they warrant a diagnosis of depression. Many women also experience anxiety about aging and stress about the future, which can also cause mood swings. Families who are not prepared to deal with mood swings, may not be able to deal with the situation well and cause further stress.
Tips to handle mood swings: Exercise, destress with favoured hobbies and foods, get enough sleep.
Other Physical Changes
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair and dry skin
- Loss of breast fullness
- Decrease in bone density
All of these are mostly due to age alongside menopause. You can prevent these by eating healthily, exercising, supplementing your diet, avoiding smoking and alcohol, etc.
Pro tip: Some women might not experience any of these menopausal symptoms, while others may experience at least one or all of them. The intensity of each symptom may also vary because every woman goes through menopause differently, so do not refer to other people’s experiences too much. Instead, visit us at Bao Zhong Tang, we will give advice and solutions that are specially catered to you and your personal struggles with menopause.
How TCM can help you alleviate menopausal symptoms?
TCM provides natural solutions with little to no side effects. This is a huge advantage over western solutions which tend to be more invasive, utilizing effective but strong chemicals that may result in side effects and allergic reactions (especially for menopause treatments like hormone/estrogen therapy).
Depending on the severity of the symptoms, TCM specialists may decide to treat their patients with acupuncture or with herbs, pills, and dietary supplements. Regardless of age or prior medical history, TCM solutions are known to reliably treat patients of their stress, pain, discomfort, and fatigue; thus improving patients’ way of life and living greatly. In addition, treatments are affordable and pain-free!
Studies have proven that Chinese medicine is effective and safe to treat menopause. Most TCM can also be used concurrent with western medications, so patients can experience double the benefits to tide over their menopause. A small study published by BMJ Open, for example, shows that acupuncture is effective against hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, and emotional problems. Their physical issues like dry skin and hair loss have also improved.
An Australian study also evaluated the therapeutic effects and safety of Chinese herbal medicine for managing menopausal hot flushes and found that they are safe and effective.
Why choose Bao Zhong Tang?
Bao Zhong Tang is recognized by many in Singapore as one of the best TCM clinics in Singapore. Our specialists are professionally certified by the Singapore TCM board and are extremely experienced with menopausal symptoms. So, regardless of circumstances, we are confident that we will be able to help any patient who steps through our doors. In addition, Bao Zhong Tang understands the advantages and limitations of both eastern and western practices; we do not discriminate between them. Patients who take up our services can rest easy knowing that Bao Zhong Tang will wield our medical knowledge expertly and give each individual the best medical treatments possible.
Bao Zhong Tang is assured in our knowledge of the medical field. We are constantly collaborating with established institutions to discover and publish new scientific and clinical evidence on TCM procedures and therapies. We want to set the standard for TCM in Singapore and we care very much for our patients. We hope that this helps you gain confidence in our ability to provide the most optimal treatment for your needs. Bao Zhong Tang guarantees that we will only use the best equipment, medicinal herbs, and physicians in the market to provide the best TCM experience for you.
When you take up Bao Zhong Tang’s services, we will not just provide treatment based solely on your symptoms. Our licensed practitioners will also look out for other underlying conditions that you may not have known were problematic because we strongly believe in prevention, cure, and restoring the harmony of your Yin and Yang as a whole. So, if you are on the lookout for the best TCM clinic in Singapore, look no further!
- For your convenience our physicians are bilingual,
- For those seeking privacy, female physicians are available.
Lund KS, Siersma V, Brodersen J, et alEfficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study)BMJ Open 2019;9:e023637. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023637
Li, M., Hung, A., Lenon, G. B., & Yang, A. (2019). Chinese herbal formulae for the treatment of menopausal hot flushes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one, 14(9), e0222383. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222383