Generations Talk Postponed—Read Here Instead for PMS and Menopause Info

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The roundtable discussion scheduled for tonight at Generations has been postponed until the Fall (exact date TBD). Instead, I will give you a preview of some of the information that I was going to talk about.

Many people are familiar with the work of Dr. Christiane Northrup, an MD who focuses on women’s health and empowerment. I remember seeing a video of one of her lectures when I was in acupuncture school. Although I’m not sure I agree with everything she says, one premise she brought up is actually closely aligned with Chinese medicine theory.

To paraphrase, what she said was this: PMS and menstrual problems are indications of underlying disharmony in the body. Women should think of these symptoms as clues, or little reminders from our body, encouraging us to change what is out of balance in our lives.

In other worlds, these annoying symptoms are actually an opportunity. We can choose to use them constructively, making the necessary changes in our health, lifestyle, relationships, etc. However, according to Dr. Northrup, if we ignore these warning signs—watch out! The problem will not go away, but rather will creep back up during our menopausal years.

The same thought is present in Chinese medicine theory—any underlying imbalance in the body will continue to progress throughout the years unless it is treated. The great news is, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help both menstrual and menopausal symptoms, and the body as a whole.

I want to encourage people to attend the round table, so I’ll post more about this topic, along with some interesting (in my opinion!) case studies after the event.

The Fall discussion will also be expanded to include a section on holistic treatment for infertility. I’ll announce it once I have the exact date. Don’t miss it!

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