Menopausal edema according to Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine, menopausal edema is sometimes associated with Oedema, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's menopausal edema might be caused by the pattern Oedema, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from menopausal edema alone. Indeed if menopausal edema is caused by Oedema, patients also experience symptoms such as labored breathing, urinary difficulty and general sensation of heaviness distention and fullness. Similarly, patients with Oedema typically exhibit slowed-down (Huan) or hidden (Fu) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Oedema so that you can have a better understanding of where menopausal edema might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below Wu Pi Yin, a formula that can help treat Oedema.

Oedema, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with menopausal edema

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms (Fu Ling) is the key herb for Wu Pi Yin, a formula used for Oedema

Oedema

Pulse type(s): Slowed-down (Huan), Hidden (Fu)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Recommended herbal formula: Wu Pi Yin

Symptoms: Labored breathing Urinary difficulty General sensation of heaviness distention and fullness

Menopausal edema might be due to Oedema if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as labored breathing, urinary difficulty and general sensation of heaviness distention and fullness. Similarly, patients with Oedema typically exhibit slowed-down (Huan) or hidden (Fu) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

Read more about Oedema here

Wu Pi Yin, a herbal formula that might help with menopausal edema

Wu Pi Yin

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Reduces edema, diuretic. Regulates and strengthens Spleen Qi.

Why might Wu Pi Yin help with menopausal edema?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Oedema, a pattern sometimes associated with menopausal edema. If it looks like you might suffer from Oedema, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Wu Pi Yin here

Most common herbs used to treat menopausal edema in Chinese Medicine