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Easing A Woman's Transition With Traditional Chinese Herbs
By Susan Glod, L.Ac., Practitioner of Oriental Medicine

Throughout time, mankind has explored & utilized his environment to increase vitality & health. Trial and error, instinct and science have given us a rich pharmacy of natural substances that address a variety of common ailments. Some of these natural substances are very powerful, and have given birth to many modern pharmaceuticals. Although these concentrated forms of “medicine” save lives and bring relief to many, they often cause unwanted side effects or other imbalances in the body.
One example of a very popular and powerful modern medical treatment wrought with side effects and controversy is the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) given to women during menopause. Although HRT is a viable option to many, there are just as many women who cannot, or prefer not to take it.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine can offer an alternative treatment that eases typical menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, mood swings, low energy, insomnia, anxiety, low libido, and depression. Chinese herbal medicine is a highly refined and extensively researched form of healthcare that encompasses a massive pharmacopeia of herbs that has been successfully treating women’s concerns for thousands of years. Herbs like angelica root, white peony root, rehmannia, phellodendri, cordyceps, and Chinese motherwort are just a few of the hallmark herbs used for women’s health issues.
Herbs are combined specifically to treat each individual woman and her specific complaints. The beauty of traditional Chinese herbal medicine is that herbal formulas are balanced and tailored to the individual, thus, the likely hood of side effects is greatly diminished. The formulations are relatively mild compared to Western drugs. This means they can take a bit longer to take effect, but they are gentle and safe. Other therapies that balance the body, mind and spirit such as acupuncture, meditation, exercise, and diet and lifestyle are also recommended for support and to help bring one in harmony with the natural cycles of life.

Susan Glod is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She is the owner of Confluence Healing Community Acupuncture & Herbs in Scott Towne Center located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. For more information, visit www.confluencehealing.com or call (412) 279-1115 to find out what acupuncture and herbal medicine can do for you.

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