Menopausal Symptomsaccording to TCM

Root Causes of Menopausal Symptoms in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Menopausal symptoms according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Phlegm
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Blood Stasis
  • Heat
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Heart
Detailed description of the cause

Yin Deficiency

Yin deficiency in TCM is a pattern of disharmony characterized by a depletion of the body's Yin energy, which represents the cooling, moistening, and nurturing aspects of our physiology. This condition often arises from factors like chronic stress, overwork, insufficient rest, or prolonged illness. Symptoms of Yin deficiency can include a sensation of heat, especially in the afternoon or evening, night sweats, insomnia, a dry mouth or throat, and a red tongue with little coating. There might also be a general feeling of restlessness or irritability. Since Yin is essential for balancing the body's active and warm Yang energy, its deficiency leads to a relative excess of Yang, manifesting as heat or dryness symptoms.... see more

Yin Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Night Sweats Insomnia Blurry Vision Menopausal Hot Flashes Tinnitus Dry Throat Scanty Menstruation

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Yin Deficiency Menopausal, Dizziness, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Insomnia, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Dry eyes, Night blindness, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Dull pale complexion, Flushed cheekbones, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction, Night sweats, Vivid dreaming, Afternoon fever, Hot palms and soles, Preference for sipping... see more Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Bu Gan Tang | Suan Zao Ren Tang | Yi Guan Jian
Kidney Yin Deficiency menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Menopausal hot flushes, Perspiration, Back pain, Hearing loss, Dry mouth and throat at night, Lower back pain, Constipation, Scanty and dark urine, Infertility, Premature ejaculation, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Anxiety, Heat sensation in palms, Evening heat sensation, Flushed cheekbones, Menopausal hot flashes, Preference for sipping, Evening anxiety... see more Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Yin | Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 | Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Night sweats, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang
Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Menopausal symptoms, Hot flushes, Hypertension, Irregular periods, Menopausal hot flashes, Perspiration, Irritability, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Palpitations, Frequent urination... see more Er Xian Tang | Er Zhi Wan
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Night sweats, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Detailed description of the cause

Yang Deficiency

Yang deficiency in TCM refers to a state where the body's Yang energy, which is responsible for warmth, activity, and function, is weakened or diminished. This pattern of disharmony often arises from chronic illness, aging, or inherent constitutional weakness. Symptoms of Yang deficiency are typically associated with cold and sluggishness, such as a feeling of coldness, cold extremities, pale complexion, low energy or fatigue, and a desire for warmth. Digestive issues like poor appetite, loose stools, and water retention can also be indicative of Yang deficiency.... see more

Yang Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Tinnitus Chills Generalized Fatigue General Weakness Depression Cold Extremities Frequent Urination

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney Yang Deficiency menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more You Gui Wan
Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Menopausal symptoms, Hot flushes, Hypertension, Irregular periods, Menopausal hot flashes, Perspiration, Irritability, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Palpitations, Frequent urination... see more Er Xian Tang | Er Zhi Wan
Detailed description of the cause

Phlegm

In TCM "Phlegm" as a pattern of disharmony is a complex concept that extends beyond the physical manifestation of mucus. It represents a pathological factor that can disrupt the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood, leading to various health issues. Phlegm in TCM is seen as a sticky, turbid substance arising from the body's inability to metabolize fluids properly, often due to a dysfunction of the spleen. It's not only associated with respiratory problems like cough and congestion but also with systemic issues. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, mental cloudiness, dizziness, and in some cases, the formation of lumps or masses. Phlegm can even be "invisible," contributing to emotional disturbances like depression or stress. ... see more

Phlegm Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Phlegm menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Head fog, Dizziness Yue Ju Wan | Wen Dan Tang | Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang
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Qi Stagnation

Qi Stagnation in TCM is like having a traffic jam in your body's energy system. Qi, the vital life force that flows through your body, is supposed to move smoothly to maintain health and balance. But with Qi Stagnation, this flow gets blocked or slowed down, like cars stuck on a highway. This can lead to symptoms like feeling stressed, emotional mood swings, and physical discomfort, often described as a feeling of fullness or tightness, especially in the chest or abdomen. It's as though the body's internal energy circulation is disrupted, causing various issues. TCM sees this as an energy flow problem, different from modern medicine's focus on specific physiological processes.... see more

Qi Stagnation Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi And Blood Stagnation menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Chest distension, Chest pain, Stabbing fixed pain, Dark face, Purple lips, Purple nails, Irritability, Mood swings, Depression, Mottled skin, Foot edema, Abdominal masses, Melena black tarry stool, Menstrual cramps, Amenorrhea, Dark menstrual clots, Dark menstrual blood, Prolonged lochia, Irregular periods... see more Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang | Wen Jing Tang | Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan
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Blood Stasis

Blood Stasis in TCM is a concept where the blood flow in the body is not as smooth or efficient as it should be. Imagine a river that's supposed to flow freely, but instead, it's getting blocked or moving too slowly in some parts. This can lead to various health issues, like pain that feels sharp or stabbing, dark bruises, and a complexion that looks purplish. TCM believes that good health relies on the smooth and vibrant flow of Qi and blood throughout the body, so when blood gets stuck, it's like a traffic jam in your body, leading to discomfort or health problems.... see more

Blood Stasis Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi And Blood Stagnation menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Chest distension, Chest pain, Stabbing fixed pain, Dark face, Purple lips, Purple nails, Irritability, Mood swings, Depression, Mottled skin, Foot edema, Abdominal masses, Melena black tarry stool, Menstrual cramps, Amenorrhea, Dark menstrual clots, Dark menstrual blood, Prolonged lochia, Irregular periods... see more Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang | Wen Jing Tang | Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan
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Heat

In TCM "Heat" signifies an excess of Yang energy, leading to an imbalance where heat predominates over the body's cool Yin aspects. This condition is metaphorically akin to an internal over-heating. Symptoms indicative of Heat can include feelings of warmth, fever, sweating, irritability, red face, thirst with a preference for cold drinks, and a rapid pulse. The tongue may appear red with a yellow coating. Unlike the common interpretation of heat in terms of temperature, in TCM, it represents a state of hyperactivity or inflammation in the body.... see more

Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Night sweats, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
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Kidney

In TCM the Kidneys are regarded as the body's most fundamental reservoir of Essence, known as Jing, which influences growth, reproduction, and aging. They are not just organs for filtering blood, but a holistic system governing vital life forces. When the Kidneys malfunction in TCM, it can manifest as a variety of health issues, such as chronic fatigue, reproductive problems, imbalances in fluid metabolism leading to edema or dryness, lower back pain, and a sense of fear or insecurity.... see more

Kidney Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Common Symptoms: Lower Back Pain Menopausal Hot Flashes Tinnitus Dizziness Night Sweats Back Pain Infertility Generalized Fatigue

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney Yin Deficiency menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Menopausal hot flushes, Perspiration, Back pain, Hearing loss, Dry mouth and throat at night, Lower back pain, Constipation, Scanty and dark urine, Infertility, Premature ejaculation, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Anxiety, Heat sensation in palms, Evening heat sensation, Flushed cheekbones, Menopausal hot flashes, Preference for sipping, Evening anxiety... see more Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Yin | Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 | Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan
Kidney Yang Deficiency menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more You Gui Wan
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Night sweats, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Night sweats, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Detailed description of the cause

Liver

In TCM the Liver is viewed as the organ responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, Blood, and emotions throughout the body. It plays a key role in regulating mood, storing blood, supporting digestion, and ensuring the health of tendons and eyes. When the Liver malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues such as irritability, mood swings, menstrual irregularities, eye problems, and muscular stiffness or pain. A malfunctioning Liver in TCM reflects not only physical disturbances but also emotional and mental disharmony, emphasizing the holistic approach of TCM in addressing health and wellness.... see more

Liver Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Limb Numbness Tingling Of Limbs Insomnia Blurry Vision Dry Eyes Scanty Menstruation Amenorrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Yin Deficiency Menopausal, Dizziness, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Insomnia, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Dry eyes, Night blindness, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Dull pale complexion, Flushed cheekbones, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction, Night sweats, Vivid dreaming, Afternoon fever, Hot palms and soles, Preference for sipping... see more Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Bu Gan Tang | Suan Zao Ren Tang | Yi Guan Jian
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Night sweats, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang
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Heart

In TCM the Heart is considered the "emperor" of all organs, primarily responsible for governing Blood and housing the mind, known as "Shen." It plays a crucial role in maintaining mental-emotional equilibrium and controlling the circulation of Qi and blood throughout the body. When the Heart is imbalanced or malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues like heart palpitations, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, anxiety, and a flushed complexion. Emotional disturbances such as excessive joy or lack of joy are also seen as signs of Heart disharmony. These symptoms reflect not just physical heart conditions but also the state of one's Shen, indicating the interconnectedness of physical and emotional well-being in TCM.... see more

Heart Patterns That Can Lead to Menopausal Symptoms

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys menopause, perimenopausal syndrome, climacteric syndrome, menopausal syndrome, Hot flushes, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Night sweats, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

TCM Herbal Formulas for Menopausal Symptoms

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address menopausal symptoms, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Phlegm
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Blood Stasis
  • Heat
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation
  • Formulas that tonify blood
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that promote qi movement
  • Formulas that clear liver-Heat
  • Formulas that warm yang and tonify
  • Formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm
  • Formulas that harmonize lesser yang-warp disorders
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen

All Formulas Recommended for Menopausal Symptoms Caused by Yin Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Zuo Gui Yin Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Bu Gan Tang Liver Yin Deficiency
Suan Zao Ren Tang Liver Yin Deficiency
Yi Guan Jian Liver Yin Deficiency
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Kidney Yin Deficiency
Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 Kidney Yin Deficiency
Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Er Xian Tang Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
Er Zhi Wan Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
Gui Shao Di Huang Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys

All Formulas Recommended for Menopausal Symptoms Caused by Yang Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
You Gui Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Er Xian Tang Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
Er Zhi Wan Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang

All Formulas Recommended for Menopausal Symptoms Caused by Phlegm

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Yue Ju Wan Phlegm
Wen Dan Tang Phlegm
Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang Phlegm

All Formulas Recommended for Menopausal Symptoms Caused by Qi Stagnation

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang Qi And Blood Stagnation
Wen Jing Tang Qi And Blood Stagnation
Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan Qi And Blood Stagnation

All Formulas Recommended for Menopausal Symptoms Caused by Blood Stasis

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang Qi And Blood Stagnation
Wen Jing Tang Qi And Blood Stagnation
Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan Qi And Blood Stagnation

All Formulas Recommended for Menopausal Symptoms Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys

All "formulas that nourish yin and tonify" recommended for menopausal symptoms

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys, Kidney Yin Deficiency... see more
Zuo Gui Yin Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Yi Guan Jian Liver Yin Deficiency
Er Zhi Wan Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
Gui Shao Di Huang Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Ba Wei Di Huang Wan Not applicable

All "formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind" recommended for menopausal symptoms

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Suan Zao Ren Tang Liver Yin Deficiency
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys
Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 Kidney Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify blood" recommended for menopausal symptoms

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Bu Gan Tang Liver Yin Deficiency
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Kidney Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify yin and yang" recommended for menopausal symptoms

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Er Xian Tang Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Kidney Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation" recommended for menopausal symptoms

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang Qi And Blood Stagnation
Wen Jing Tang Qi And Blood Stagnation
Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan Qi And Blood Stagnation

All "formulas that promote qi movement" recommended for menopausal symptoms

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yue Ju Wan Phlegm
Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang Phlegm

Acupoints for Menopausal Symptoms

See more details below about Yinjiao REN-7, an acupoint used to address menopausal symptoms.

  • By Meridian
  • Directing Vessel
Yinjiao REN-7

Yinjiao REN-7

On the midline of the abdomen, 1 cun below the umbilicus.