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Case Histories - Menopausal Syndrome (7)

A 60-year-old woman had been suffering from menopausal problems for 5 years after stopping HRT (hormone-replacement therapy); she had taken HRT for 15 years. Her main symptoms were hot flushes, sweating, palpitations, a faint feeling, vaginal dryness and aches in the joints. She also suffered from backache, dizziness, tinnitus, frequent-pale urination and cold feet. Her tongue-body colour was normal but the tongue was slightly peeled on the root. Her pulse was Weak on both Kidney positions.

Diagnosis

There is a deficiency of both Heart- and Kidney-Yin. The symptoms of Kidney-Yin deficiency are backache, dizziness, tinnitus, hot flushes and the peeling on the root of the tongue. The symptoms of Heart deficiency are the palpitations, the sweating and the faint feeling. If there is Kidney-Yin deficiency why is the tongue-body colour normal (not Red) and why does she suffer from frequent-pale urination and cold feet (symptoms of Kidney-Yang deficiency)? The reason is that she is being seen at a time of life when there is a transition from Kidney-Yang to Kidney-Yin deficiency: as the tongue is turning from Pale to Red, at the time of observation, it was normal-coloured.

Treatment

I prescribed Heavenly Empress to nourish both Heart- and Kidney-Yin (2 tablets twice a day). This produced a very good improvement in all her symptoms.