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Case Histories - Menopausal Syndrome (9)

A 51-year-old woman had been suffering fro menopausal problems for 5 years. Her main symptoms were hot flushes, ache in the joints, poor memory, backache, dizziness, occasional tinnitus, and night-sweating. Although she suffered from hot flushes, she also suffered from frequent and pale urination and cold feet. Her tongue was Pale, tending to Bluish-Purple on the sides but slightly Red in the centre, and her pulse was Weak on both Kidney positions.

Diagnosis

This is another example of a simultaneous deficiency of both Kidney-Yin and Kidney-Yang that is so common during the menopausal years. The tongue clearly shows the transition from Kidney-Yang deficiency to Kidney-Yin deficiency that is taking place at the time of consultation. The tongue was obviously Pale and had been so in the past but is now beginning to turn Red. Her symptoms also show clearly the combination of Kidney-Yin (night-sweating, hot flushes) and Kidney-Yang deficiency (cold feet, frequent-pale urination). Besides a Kidney deficiency, there is also Blood stasis deriving from Empty Cold, itself deriving from Kidney-Yang deficiency.

Treatment

I prescribed Ease the Journey - Yang 3 tablets to be taken in the morning and Ease the Journey - Yin 1 tablet to be taken at night. I also used acupuncture using a choice from the following points:

-LU-7 Lieque on the right and KI-6 Zhaohai on the left to open the Directing Vessel.
-Ren-4 Guanyuan and KI-7 Fuliu to tonify the Kidneys.
-P-6 Neiguan to invigorate Blood.
-ST-36 Zusanli and SP-6 Sanyinjiao to tonify Qi and Blood.

Besides an improvement in the menopausal symptoms, this patient also lost ½ stone in weight after three months of treatment.