Article by Jenny Chou Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCM)
Women’s hormone cycles are like relatives - you can’t choose them! If there is a hormone imbalance – it is like an unwanted relative coming to visit on a regular basis, the cycle time will give you so much grief!
Chinese Medicine (CM) has rich knowledge and time-tested treatment guidelines for balancing hormone problems. It is the most shockingly effective treatment ever discovered. It is massively more effective than synthetic drugs and here is the proof:
Western Medicine (WM), uses synthetic hormone analogues to correct hormone levels but does not address the underlying reason for the imbalance and also has significant side effects.
It is amazing to see significant clinical improvements in hormone balance without any artificial chemicals.
Chinese Medicine works by balancing meridians that regulate hormone balance (2) especially Liver, Kidney and Spleen meridians. For Example the life forces in the physical liver give rise to a more ethereal energy that flows along very defined paths in the body and is then responsible for a range of activities - its called the Liver Meridian.
Premenstrual symptoms in CM are called “Liver Qi stagnation”. It is not surprising that it has recently been discovered that the liver does actually play an important part in breaking down excess hormones. If the liver is not doing its job properly then the liver meridian which runs through our rib cage and breast over where the physical liver is located becomes deranged and can’t regulate functions around the body.
To characterise the nature of this derangement or imbalance the TCM practitioner listens to the patient and examines them and can recognise patterns in terms of too much or too little Yin and Yang. Balance will be restored by stimulation or toning down this meridian’s yin and yang energy to create balance.
When meridians work in harmony, our hormone system will achieve the natural and optimal balance. In most cases, women also feel much better in other aspects of their health.
I followed the Chinese Medicine diagnostic process, by checking her meridian pulses, tongue diagnosis and detailed history taking I was able to diagnose her with general Yin deficiency as well as Kidney Yang deficiency. She was in a very poor state, her meridians were not doing their job properly. She needed major repair work followed by some fine tuning.
I made a plan for her to simply “tonify” her Liver, Kidney and Spleen “Yin” forces as well as her Kidney Yang with a solid course of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Within one month, her period came back to 28-day cycle, she was feeling more energetic and her symptoms were disappearing. The only remaining symptoms now is acne which can be a tough nut and will take some fine tuning, we are currently working on this.
If you have similar concerns, why not have a consultation to discuss with me, to see if I can help you to balance your hormones naturally and to improve your wellbeing.
About Jenny Chou
Chinese Medicine Bachelor Degree from China
Master of Chinese Medicine from University of Western Sydney
Equivalent Western Medical degree from China, worked as a Conventional Paediatrician in a Chinese hospital for over 5 years.
Came to Australia 1991, had a clinic in Adelaide and served Adelaide people for over 27 years.
Joined Gore Street Medical at 2014, now semi-retired at TAS and happily helping the well-being of Tasmanians.
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