How will Chinese Medicine help me resolve my menopause symptoms?
I use the theory of chinese medicine to understand how all the symptoms link and what the underlying energy patterns are that are causing this. As well as this I have put together the medical /hormonal causes of symptoms and now use this understanding of body chemistry to help you rebalance and get back to health. Menopausal stress highlights the health imbalances that you had been 'getting away with', and now it's time to put these back into balance, and get you back to health in mind and body.
Why do I have aching joints in my menopause?
This is the number 1 googled symptom of the peri/menopause and it can appear as if over night, but how is this? The hormonal change on your body creates a stress which in turn ups your cortisol (hormone) levels and cortisol needs nutrition to help your body repair. In utilising this nutrition it takes it away from other systems in your body leaving you with the feeling you've been hit by a bus, your joints feel about 90 and anxiety has shot through the roof. The good news is that you can turn this around in a matter of weeks with taking the right supplements (as you may already be on a very healthy diet, but your body still isn't getting the nutrition it needs). To read more check out my blog on aching joints in the menopause.
Is anxiety linked to the menopause? How long does menopause anxiety last?
Yes it is, very much so, but the good news is you can do so much about it. This is because it is caused by a physical change in your body, it is not your emotional or mental state, which so many women get caught up in and worry about. The hormonal stress of going through this change increases your cortisol levels and so if you've never had anxiety before it can come on with a shock and if you have had anxiety and beaten it (like I had) you're left wondering why the hell it's come back again?! This time it's a hormonal imbalance that triggers it and so it's there every single day, driving you slightly mad and making you very miserable and it can last for absolutely years; until your body 'recalibrates to the new normal'.
I've been through this and I got fed up with it being there so I looked for solutions. I've worked out a simple plan to resolve it, it's in 2 parts - taking the supplements your body needs and then divorcing your emotions from it. Read more in my blog on anxiety here.
Help! I can't get my HRT - What do I do?
This is a horrible position for you to be in, removing HRT without notice or a weening process is likened to going cold turkey from drugs and it will throw your hormone levels into disarray.
Download my free guides to get started and book a clarity call with me. Supplements can replace HRT and they will go much further towards resolving your health symptoms and supporting you moving forwards.
Why do I still have hot flushes after 2 years?
Your energy can get stuck, even though you've got this far through the Menopause heat symptoms carry their own set of issues. In that you're still hot, processes in your body don't work as fluently as they should, one of these is the Liver. A liver that is struggling to cleanse your blood is one that is going to heat up causing the flushes and sweats. Through the Menopause a lot of the symptoms can be relieved by detoxing the liver, and this will also support your heart health which is compromised at this time and possibly for the future. Start now on regaining your health, as your flushes subside this will be an indication you're coming back into optimal health. Book a consultation to help you understand and resolve this.
Can you help me if I've had a Hysterectomy?
Yes, depending on your age as to whether you are offered HRT, and it'll be appropriate to take it under the age of 51. Having a hysterectomy causes an instant Menopause and you can suddenly have the symptoms of the Perimenopause and the heat of the later Menopause all at once, it is a time when your body can go into shock with the upheaval and you are left with emotional upheaval too; I can help with all the symptoms you're experiencing with therapy, or consultation. If you would like support with exercise and your pelvis click here
Can you help me if I'm on HRT?
Yes, and I can help you in the transition to come off it. The likelihood is that if you're on HRT and choose to stay on it you'll not have many if any symptoms. What you have to beaware of is that coming off HRT will cause the Menopause. Depending on your age the symptoms and severity may be vastly different. Talk to your GP about weening yourself off your dosage when the time is right for you, and I can then support you physically and emotionally with my treatments.
If you're on HRT and would like to discuss planning to come off then I'll be happy to have a complimentary short phone chat with you to discuss your options.
Can you help me if I'm on Thyroxine and /or Anti-depressants in menopause?
Yes, I can give you treatments whilst you're on any medication as long as I know what you're on and what it's for. With Thyroxine the treatments will be beneficial for you to stimulate the liver function. With Anti-depressants, it is very much a state of mind, do you want to come off them, if so I can support you through this transition. If you wish to remain on them then treatments can be had for relaxation.too.
Can I help myself have a natural peri/menopause? Do I have to take HRT?
HRT is very much dependent on your age, if under 50 then your Doctor maybe advising you to take HRT to replenish your oestrogen as normally we still have it in our system at this age. An early Menopause or Hysterectomy this will be discussed unless the reason for hysterectomy was oestroegn dominance (fibroids, endometriosis).
However if you're starting to transition in your late 40's and early 50's then this is the natural decline of hormones and you can choose whether to have a natural menopause or seek HRT.
You should look at lifestyle changes in areas such as your diet, supplements, exercise and therapies, these will support and ease your transition years. I can give advice in these areas and it is recommended by health professionals that you look at your lifestyle and diet anyway even if you do wish to take HRT as this is not a health replacement.
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How can Shiatsu help with the Menopause and the symptoms I have?
Shiatsu is finger pressure, however its very specific, pressing the chinese acu points (as an acupuncturist would). I have studied chinese medicine and understand the energy patterns and flow in the body and how this links to the menopausal symptoms. I use gentle pressure on specific points to move blocked energy, ease aches, calm & clear your mind and start you on the path to feeling good again. It takes a sequence of treatments to do this as we work through the layers of symptoms so it does require your investment in time and money to become energised, clear headed and feeling well again!
Can you help me resolve my peri/menopause symptoms with an online consultation?
One of the main points in receiving treatments with me is that clients have said that talking to someone who listens, understands and can discuss options and give advice is incredibly beneficial. I now do online consultations where I give you forms to fill in beforehand and then we can use the time online to explain fully where you are and what to expect, look at your supplements, exercise, diet, discuss emotional aspects, and talk through the areas that mean the most to you. I will help you understand everything that is going on and most importantly what you can do about it. Read more about my online consultations here.
Are menopause blood tests effective and where can I get a private one?
I'd like to read more information that you have on having a successful natural peri/menopause, where can I find it?
You don't need a blood test to confirm that you are peri/menopausal this is now done on symptoms alone if you're over 45. If you're under 45 you can ask your GP and according N.I.C.E guidelines they do have to take you seriously when you question whether you have symptoms.
A blood test is for oestrogen only and so could be inconclusive as estrogen dips and spikes on a daily basis.
If you would like to get a private blood test, where you can then have female hormones, progesterone along with many other function tests such as thryoid , liver and kidney you can use this website: https://www.letsgetchecked.com/gb/en/womens-health-tests/
Knowledge is key to understanding you menopause, so that you know you are not alone, you are not the 'odd one out' and what you're going through is normal and manageable, you just need to know how, and to take action!
I've got some free hand outs and I also have written a book completely explaning what is going on, what nutritional supplements to take (vitamins and minerals), for what symptoms, and other natural and doable actions and changes you can make; and it all starts with your mindset!
Be open to embracing your menopause and the changes you can make, they do work and you can read more here.
Why do I have to take a multi-vitamin supplement in the perimenopause?
What you need now are supplements that are right for your age group, sex and entering the menopause. A generic multi-vitamin will not do, look for womens, age appropriate and either bioavailable or wholefood, these are ones better asborbed by your system and are more effective.
Specific supplements branded 'menopause'; multi-vitamins will come with added phyto estrogens such as Soya Isoflavones and Flax seed. I'm finding that menopause specific supplements should only be taken by women who's periods are very erractic or have stopped. If you're still Perimenopausal with regular periods, you don't need the extra estrogen at this time as you still have fluctuating estrogen levels, and you don't need to exacerbate this.
You'll always need to take an additional Magnesium supplement too.
Will Omega 3 oil help me relieve my perimenopause symptoms?
Omega 3's are the essential fatty acids that we need and they're going to help you with symptoms like brain fog - they really are the building blocks of brain function.
If you eat a lot of oily fish you may be getting enough but you'd meed to be on salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel 4 times a week! If you're not, then get a low dosage to start with and take with a meal and build up the amount you take as it can affect your bowels if you're unused to the oils.
What is the #1 supplement to take for the menopause?
Magnesium is my #1 recommendation. It aids sleep, mental health, nervous system and bone health for starters. Get a good one from a proper nutrition centre and you're looking to take at least 400mg a day. Also you can get it in spray for direct use on achy muscles and salts for a bath, both great ways of absorption. Always take a capsule form don't just rely on a spray.
Is there a natural cream to help me relieve my hot flushes and other menopause symptoms?
'Blossom' cream is a blend of essential oils in an organic cream that I have designed and tested with dozens of women to prove that it can relieve heat symptoms, and is also extremely calming and can help as part of anxiety relief. Read more here.
Is there anything I can use to help relieve vaginal dryness & soreness?
There are natural based lubricants such as Sylk, and you can use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to , both for immediate relief. In the longterm however it good to over come the dryness caused by loss of oestrogen by regaining your body chemistry so that you can become relubricated from your diet and supplements. This would be discussed in a consultation with me, read more here.
How do I relieve my brain fog in menopause?
For an instant 'pick me up' an essential oil that is a blend of Rosemary and citrus scents, like Neals Yard 'Focus'. However brain fog is a sign that you are sorely depleted in nutrients and probably too much inflammation, turning around what you eat and the nutritional supplements you take will have an incredibly positive effect. Start clearing your brain fog today book a clarity call here.
How can I relieve my anxiety in the perimenopause?
I help women do this effectively with a 2 part solution, understanding the physical cause of your anxiety, and how to separate it from your emotions, and physically addressing the root cause. In one hour you can understand exactly what it is and what to do about it nutritionally from watching my video and guide set 'Master Your Anxiety Naturally', read more here.
Where can I find support from women like me in the menopause?
If you'd like to be in a group of supportive like-minded women I've set up a facebook group for women looking to understand and alleviate their symptoms naturally. Find my group on facebook: