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Menopause : :

Menopause is not a disease, rather a hormonal physiological stage of a women’s life that typically occurs in the late 40’s to mid 50’s.

History : :

Since the Women’s Initiative study came to an abrupt ending do to increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, strokes, and blood clots, women everywhere have been searching for a safe alternative to synthetic hormones. In this study, all 8,000 women were given an identical synthetic hormone replacement of estrogen and progesterone. The estrogen portion consisted of conjugated estrogens (a combination of hormones found in the urine of horses and is not human bio-identical), and medroxyprogesterone (a synthetic progesterone).

What we Can do About it : :

Dr. Liao has long maintained that the decision to take HRT (hormone replacement therapy) should not be made in five minutes at a doctor’s office. But that all treatments should be decided on an individual basis and tailored to fit the patient’s own hormonal needs. Dr. Liao has been successfully treating menopause without using HRT. He uses natural alternatives such as acupuncture, herbs, and phytoestrogens (the biologically active compound in plants that can act like estrogens in a women’s body).

Menopause is not a disease, rather a hormonal physiological stage of a women’s life that typically occurs in the late 40’s to mid 50’s. At that time, the reduced estrogen secretion is no longer sufficient to produce menstrual cycles. The progressive reduction in estrogen levels leads to a loss of ovulation and menstruation. This eventually results in the atrophy of all estrogen dependant tissues.

Estrogen is important because it boosts the production of acetylcholine, (neurotransmitter) a key chemical involved in the transmission of nerve impulses across the tiny gaps between nerve cells (synapse). Estrogen also impedes the deposition of beta-amyloid, the protein involved in the characteristic plaques of Alzheimer’s disease. Estrogen improves blood flow through the brain and enhances verbal abilities. Estrogen also helps maintain the integrity of the hypocampus (a structure in the brain involved with memory).

The most common symptoms of menopause are: hot flashes, flushing of the skin on the head, neck and chest, and profuse perspiration that can last for seconds to several minutes. Some women get symptoms occasionally while others experience them several times per hour. For most women, the hot flashes last about 1-2 years. However, in about 25% of women, they can last as long as 5 years.

Acupuncture has been shown to influence healthy hormone levels.

The Results of Healthy estrogen levels are:

generalized enhanced mood; increased energy; greater ease in memory recall; increased ability to concentrate; mental clarity; better coordination; and reduced feelings of depression and anxiety. Low estrogen levels can result in: depression; irritability; difficulty in recalling things; tiredness, and clumsiness.

Healthy progesterone levels can result in:

decreased anxiety and irritability; stabilization of mood swings; a feeling of well-being; increased calmness and relaxation; and better quality of sleep. Low progesterone levels can cause anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.

Healthy testosterone levels can result in:

a feeling of well-being; increased energy and motivation; and mental alertness. Low testosterone levels in women can cause decreased libido.

Number of treatments may very from person to person. However, most people report an improvement in symptoms after the first treatment.

Remember, menopause is not a disease.

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