Premature menopause according to Chinese Medicine

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Premature menopause can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like premature menopause here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here premature menopause is often associated with dizziness, night sweats and hot flushes in the pattern “Kidney Yang Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of premature menopause we’ve identified that a herbal formula called You Gui Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Kidney Yang Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause premature menopause

In Chinese Medicine premature menopause is a symptom for the pattern "Kidney Yang Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

The Kidneys is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Kidneys in Chinese Medicine

Kidney Yang Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

Kidney Yang Deficiency causes Internal Cold and weakness.

In addition to premature menopause, other symptoms associated with Kidney Yang Deficiency include dizziness, night sweats and hot flushes.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Kidney Yang Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Late Menstruation, Menopausal Syndrome or Irregular Menstruation.

Kidney Yang Deficiency is often treated with Ba Wei Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Ba Wei Di Huang Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish yin and tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Yang".

Read more about Kidney Yang Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with premature menopause

You Gui Wan

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies Kidney Yang. Replenishes the Essence. Tonifies the Blood.

Why might You Gui Wan help with premature menopause?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which premature menopause is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Kidney Yang Deficiency can contribute to many health issues, including Menopausal Syndrome.

Read more about You Gui Wan here

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat premature menopause

Why might Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) help with premature menopause?

Because it is a key herb in You Gui Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with premature menopause as a symptom)

Prepared Aconite is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Raises the collapse of Yang. Warms the meridians and relieves pain caused by Cold. Reduces Damp caused by Deficiency in Yang.

Read more about Prepared Aconite here

Why might Deer Antler Glue (Lu Jiao Jiao) help with premature menopause?

Because it is a key herb in You Gui Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with premature menopause as a symptom)

Deer Antler Glue is a Warm herb that tastes Salty and Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Yang tonification of the Kidneys and Liver, and to nourish vital Essence and Blood

Read more about Deer Antler Glue here

Why might Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui) help with premature menopause?

Because it is a key herb in You Gui Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with premature menopause as a symptom)

Cinnamon Bark is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and Kidneys and tonifies the Yang. Expels Cold, Warms the meridians, promotes circulation of Qi and Blood and relieves pain. Used with tonics to assist in the generation of Qi and Blood.

Read more about Cinnamon Bark here

Conditions associated with premature menopause

Menopausal syndrome

Other symptoms often associated with premature menopause

Dizziness Night sweats Hot flushes Tinnitus Dry throat Malar flush Sore back Dry mouth Dry skin Constipation