Your Second Spring: Making the Most of Menopause

Whether you’ve been dreading it or longing for it, TCM considers menopause an important and valuable shift in your life, both physically and spiritually.

Your menstrual cycle results from your heart energy descending to the kidneys to produce either your period or a baby. So for about 40 years of your life, a large portion of your heart and kidney energy has been directed towards fertility/reproduction.

On top of that, there’s the amount of mental attention it has taken up in your life. Think about how much time, effort, money, and thought you’ve put into your fertility – being prepared for your period and related symptoms every month, avoiding pregnancy or trying to get pregnant, being pregnant, going through labor and delivery, caring for your babies… Or if you didn’t have kids, fielding the often uncomfortable questions and unconscious judgment or pity from others about why you don’t have kids or didn’t want to be a mom…

Now, for the first time in decades, all your energy is being reserved just for you. Which is why it’s called “the second Spring” in TCM. How can you make the most of it?

Welcome back your heart Qi! Your heart is the residence of your vital spirit and is your emotional center. And now, instead of having to direct its energy downward and outward (towards fertility and/or your children), you’re being given the chance to direct it inward and upward, toward your own personal and spiritual growth.

Does that mean you’re being self-centered? No.

True self-love is a loud, positive energy that naturally radiates to everyone around you. Take this opportunity to reflect on the hobbies or passions you’ve set aside while caring for other, and make them a priority now. Or, break out of your mold and explore new things that spark your interest!

Struggling with hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, headaches, etc? You DO NOT have to suffer. Acupuncture and herbs re-balance your system as you move through this transition.

A meta-analysis of randomized control trials in 2018 “strongly indicated that acupuncture can alleviate menopause-related symptoms.”

Book now and feel more like yourself again!

Li W, Luo Y, Fu W, Lei R. Acupuncture May Improve Quality of Life in Menopausal Women: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Complement Med Res. 2018;25(3):183–190. doi:10.1159/000479630

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