Modern Approach for a Chinese Herbal Medicine Concept
Around 42 years old, and 49 years old for women, the Yin aspect starts to diminish. Without the cooling moistening Yin, the heat of the Yang starts to rise and dry up the skin, hair, and vaginal tissue. The rising yang causes hot flashes, night sweats, loss of sleep and mental agitation.
Restoring the yin and reducing the yang with Chinese herbal formulas in this stage keeps a woman much more comfortable as she goes through these years of great hormonal fluctuations.
The herb Maca, from the Andes of South America, helps to provide more stamina and resilience at this time, and also may help with hormonal symptoms. Many amino acid and herb formulas contain combinations of GABA, L- theanine, taurine, melatonin, inositol, and 5HTP that help with sleep and reduce anxiety.
At around 35 or a bit later, the progesterone levels start to diminish, leaving women in the state of estrogen dominance. That’s why often, when women begin perimenopause their PMS symptoms worsen. Or they start getting migraines, or mood swings.
As time goes by, the estrogen levels begin to drop off, and then we see the more classic perimenopause and menopause symptoms, like hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, loss of libido, weight gain, brain fog, and osteoporosis. Night sweats and cortisol swings lead to insomnia. Testosterone and DHEA levels diminish as a woman gets to perimenopause years, which reduces libido.
One could consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy if perimenopausal symptoms are severe to the point where they interfere with a woman’s ability to do what she needs to. Suppose there is no history of breast cancer in herself or immediate female relatives. In that case, a “bi-est” formula of 80 percent estriol and 20 percent estradiol, with 66 mg of natural progesterone added is effective to relieve symptoms.
It is good to begin with progesterone cream and herbal formula and see how the woman feels and responds before adding the bi-est.
There are a lot of positive effects of restoring estrogen in the perimenopausal and menopausal women, including the reduction of:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
Best supplements during this time of a woman’s life should include supportive multivitamin, bioavailable calcium and magnesium, vitamin D and K, adrenal support, female specific probiotic, and high amount of Omegas oil containing DHA, EPA, Omega-7
You can find a selection of great supplements for a Premenopausal Woman Protocol here. Based on your individual case, it can be customized to consider your specific situation.
Once a woman has not had period for a year, she is considered postmenopausal. As I mentioned in the introduction, a lot of people by age 65 have one or more of the chronic diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes or diabesity, as obesity is often connected to diabetes
Did you know? Chronic diseases may look like different diseases, but the underlying condition in all of them is inflammation.
My goal as your doctor is to encourage and support lifestyle choices that reduce inflammation. If we can effectively reduce the inflammatory processes in your body, you may avoid these chronic conditions entirely or at least be less symptomatic. With proper lifestyle and nutrients on board, the genes carrying the propensity for these diseases may be turned off.
Many lifestyle practices can reduce the incidence of these chronic diseases of aging.
- Learn stress reducing activities
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep daily
- Get an adequate amount of movement daily. Reduce the amount of time sitting, by getting up at least once an hour
- Eat a diet low in sugars and refined carbs with plenty of greens, and some healthy fats
The best supplements during this time of a woman’s life should include multivitamin and multimineral without iron, bioavailable calcium and magnesium, vitamin D and K, adrenal support, female specific probiotic, and high amount of Omegas oil containing DHA, EPA, Omega-7.
In addition, it will be helpful to add anti-inflammatory protocol that includes a high quality turmeric and selection of antioxidants.
You can find a selection of great supplements for a Menopausal Woman Protocol here. Based on your case, it can be customized to consider your specific situation.
You can preserve your healthy functions, do what you love to do when you control inflammation, and take care of your health according to your stage in life.
One size does not fit all when it comes to healthcare. We have unique requirements based on our genetics, lifestyle choices, and individual needs. I always provide a personalized approach to healthcare, allowing us to assess your needs accurately.
If you are ready to take charge of your health and embrace a proactive approach to preventive care, contact me today to schedule your session and start your journey to your health and happiness.
With this practical information, you can have a competitive advantage. You will understand your body and mind better and capitalize on your strengths. This way, I will help you develop a plan to strengthen your weak points in a deliberate and educated manner. No more guessing – the science is here to help you achieve your goals and peak performance.
Dr. Maya Sarkisyan
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