In Chinese medicine, ‘Kidney Jing’ is the substance or energy which we inherit from our parents, and comes from our deepest origins. To this extent, it is a finite bundle which needs to be conserved as it is not so easy to replenish once spent. Of course, in the course of our lives, there are many ways in which Jing is used up. For instance, through overwork, busy lifestyles, inadequate rest and diet. Ageing is a natural process which uses up Jing, and the menopause is part of this process.
As Jing declines, there is a natural turning point in women’s lives. The menopause is the name given to all the changes arising as a consequence of the weakening of the ‘Kidney’ energy. It is a natural process and acupuncture may help with some common symptoms:
- hot flushes
- vaginal dryness
- emotional instability
Acupuncture can help support the Kidney energy so that there is less dryness and heat in the system. It can also help calm the Heart and Mind.
For further details about how acupuncture can help with menopausal symptoms as well as the current research, please see the factsheet published by the British Acupuncture Council at http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/research-fact-sheets/1137-acupuncture-and-menopausal-symptoms.html