Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac, Registered Acupuncturist & Arvigo®Therapy Practitioner
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, menopause is not viewed the same (often negative) way as it has been in the West. The common focus in the West is usually on the possible symptomology during menopause (ie. Hot flushes, weight gain, insomnia etc). However, in Traditional Chinese Medicine the focus is more so on the positive aspect of “evolving” into a woman's next natural stage, which is called “Second Spring”.
The 7 year cycles in TCM
In TCM philosophy the life stages of a woman's growth and development are divided into 7 cycles of 7 years each. These are the approximate cycles of time through which womens' bodies evolve. These range from childhood development (age 7), adolescent development and starting menstruation (age 14), through the major childbearing years (age 21, 28 and on) and leading up to the important life phase of “Second Spring” (approximately age 49 and on).
By this part of the cycle development and growth has long since stopped, and women's bodies are more reliant on using their stored energies – which in TCM are known as prenatal Essence. The idea is that as women's bodies gradually start to naturally produce less Blood and Qi energy, they also instinctively know to conserve as much as they can. Stored prenatal Essence reserves are very precious. Therefore when periods eventually stop, this is seen as a body's natural conservation effort in TCM.
New Opportunity and a "Second Spring"
The end of menstruation is not seen so much as “the start of aging” the way it often is in the West, but really a new type of beginning. In Traditional Chinese Medicine's view, the Blood and Energy that is being conserved can now be used for many other endeavors. This is truly the meaning of the “Second Spring”. This conservation of blood and energy can free women up for new experiences and often a new found self-identity.
At mid-life, many women may have already established careers and families and now have an opportunity to establish a new sense of self if they wish. Years of experience and knowledge can now be applied in this next stage of life – this new opportunity. For some women this may mean they find in themselves a new strength, a new passion, and a new found freedom to express themselves.
This time of transition in life may still not be easy for some women, but this can also depend on how each individual approaches this and works through it. Each woman may have her share of uncertainties and fears about aging. How women view this natural transition, how they prepare for it and how they choose to help themselves through it can also influence their outlook and their menopausal symptoms (or complete lack of).
Preparing for a healthy Menopause
It is possible to prepare for a healthy, symptom free and positive menopause experience.
Are you or someone you know interested in 100% natural approaches to prepare for Menopause? I would be happy to answer your questions about how natural therapies such as Acupuncture and Arvigo® Therapy can help.
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Hi, I'm Barbara Poczyniak. Registered Acupuncturist practicing in Toronto.