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Exploring the Benefits of Acupuncture and Herbs in Treating Postmenopausal Symptoms

Postmenopause is a natural part of the aging process for women, and it can commonly cause a variety of discomforts and symptoms ranging from night sweats and hot flashes to vaginal dryness and pain with sex. Many people turn to conventional treatments like hormone therapy or antidepressants to manage their postmenopausal symptoms, but acupuncture and herbal medicine are increasingly popular alternatives for treating these postmenopausal issues. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of acupuncture in treating postmenopausal symptoms and how it can be used as an effective part of your health care plan.

Holistic Menopause Support in San Diego

Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do with the uncomfortable physical and emotional changes that can come along with menopause? Hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness are just some of the common issues that postmenopausal women face.

Symptoms of menopause may include: 

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Sleep issues
  • Increased stress levels
  • Changes in libido
  • Pain during intercourse

Western treatment options for menopausal symptoms:

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has long been used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. However, HRT can also potentially cause a number of side effects, ranging from an increased risk of breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and stroke to more minor irritations like headaches and nausea. Some other potential risks linked to HRT include depression, irritability, breast tenderness, and weight gain. This is why many women choose to look into alternative therapies such as acupuncture, herbal therapy, and Functional medicine for treating menopause symptoms.

The Power of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Menopause:

Asian medicine views menopause as an imbalance of the Kidney system, specifically between Yin and Yang polarities. Kidney yin deficiency is a common imbalance during this transitional period, leading to symptoms such as dryness and heat (hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety). To address these issues, the goal of treatment is to quickly increase fluids in the body and remove empty heat build-up with herbal formulas like Liu Wei Di Huang Wan. This particular formula helps to hydrate and nourish the body while also assisting with reducing hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, tiredness, and insomnia. Herbal medicine and acupuncture can offer relief from uncomfortable menopause symptoms and help restore balance in your life.

Using Yoni Steaming for Menopause Support:

Yoni Steaming is a practice that has been used for centuries in order to provide natural relief from a range of female reproductive issues. It involves steaming a special blend of herbal mixture in hot water and then allowing the steam to be absorbed into the delicate tissue of the vagina. This helps increase circulation and restore balance to the pelvic area, providing relief from symptoms such as dryness, pain, cramps, and hot flashes. In addition, the heat generated by Yoni Steaming helps relax tension within vaginal walls while reducing inflammation or hormonal imbalances. The steps involved in Yoni Steaming for Menopause include using an infusion of herbs with boiling water as well as positioning oneself over the steam pot either seated or squatting while keeping it at a comfortable distance. Shelly Tompkins has developed a specific Yoni Steaming blend for Menopause support: the Meadow blend is an effective way to help reduce menopausal symptoms naturally.

Supplementation for Menopause in San Diego:

For women seeking relief from symptoms of menopause, supplement support may be beneficial. Shelly Tompkins combines her expertise in Asian Medicine and Functional Medicine and has created a custom Menopause supplement package that you can purchase through Fullscript.

Fullscript is a leader in online supplement providers, offering thousands of top-quality products from reputable brands. They have established rigorous quality standards for all products that carry their brand name to ensure safety and efficacy for customers. All supplements are tested for contaminants and purity to maximize potency and therapeutic value, so customers can trust that they are receiving only the best products. Shelly also recommend products from the

The supplements Shelly recommends for menopause (from Fullscript, Lhasa and Evergreen pharmacies) include:

  • Balance Spring for vaginal dryness, itching, and painful intercourse due to estrogen deficiency
  • Meta-Balance or Three Immortals, which can help alleviate hot flashes, and night sweats and provide some assistance with vaginal dryness. 

This supplement protocol can offer powerful support for managing the symptoms of menopause in a natural way.

Combining Acupuncture and Functional Medicine for Fertility in San Diego

Fertility treatments can be daunting, but with the right guidance, it doesn’t have to be. In San Diego, one of the best-known practitioners in this field is Shelly Tompkins, who has over 34 years of experience providing comprehensive services, including acupuncture and functional medicine. Her expertise and highly individualized approach to fertility care has helped many couples achieve their dreams of starting a family. With support from Shelly Tompkins, you’ll have access to personalized treatment plans that address issues on both physical and emotional levels. From lifestyle counseling to stress management techniques, you’ll have the tools you need to take back control of your fertility journey and give yourself the best chance for success.

Helping You Achieve Whole-Body Wellness:

In addition to supplement support, lifestyle advice is also important when managing the symptoms of menopause. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits can help regulate hormone levels, while stress reduction is also essential for overall health and well-being. Regular practice of vagus nerve exercises can also be beneficial in regulating hormones and alleviating menopause symptoms. These mind-body practices can offer an additional layer of relief for those going through this time of life, helping to achieve balance and wellness naturally.

For those going through menopause, holistic solutions such as acupuncture, herbal therapies, and Functional medicine can be a great way to find relief. Shelly Tompkins in San Diego offers individualized care that focuses on the overall health of her clients. Through her integrated approach, these alternative therapies can help achieve balance, support the body’s natural healing process, and give you access to a healthier and happier you. Ultimately, these solutions can provide an opportunity to manage the symptoms of menopause and get back to living a life of optimal wellness.

To learn more about how this effective integrative approach to menopause and women’s health could benefit you. 

Call us at  (760) 419-6863  today to schedule a free consultation or click on Calendy to schedule a time.

About Shelly Tompkins

Shelly Tompkins, L.Ac, C.F.M.P is a renowned women’s health, fertility & wellness expert and licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and functional medicine practitioner in private practice in San Diego, CA. She has extensive training and experience and has been in private practice for 35+ years and also taught at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for 24 of those years. Shelly has worked with thousands of women, from puberty through senior years, to find answers and solutions to their overall health and hormone imbalances and more.

Her practice includes the use of laboratory testing to be able to find the answers to many of the health issues experienced in women and men. Through these labs, health history, and other tests, the assessments not only give answers, but ways to treat the body as a whole, so it works in its best capacity for healing.

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