In ancient times, Chinese medicine described the symptoms that women often have during the hormonal change in the menopausal phase. Even if there was no knowledge of the hormones at the time, very effective methods were found to treat these symptoms.
The symptoms were described exactly according to the phenomena of Yin and Yang. The masters of Chinese medicine at that time were able to create herbal formulations and combinations of acupuncture points.Every woman dealing with the phase of hormonal change reacts with slightly different signs and the cause of the symptoms also have a different basis. Accordingly, the recipes for each woman are different and correspond exactly to the individual pattern.
Menopausal aetiology and pathology in TCM
Menopausal symptoms can have very different causes, but kidney energy is affected in most cases. The kidney function group ensures the reproductive capacity of humans, including the ability to give birth, which is lost in the menopause. According to Chinese medicine, in accordance with the 7-year cycle of women in their 49th year of life, there is a sudden drop in kidney energy (especially on the Yin side), Chong-Mai (meridian, which affects the uterus and menstruation) and the Ren-Mai (major Yin meridian that affects menstruation and fertility). This leads to a general decrease in Yin, both in the kidneys, in the liver and in the heart.
Symptoms such as stagnant cold blood, stagnation of the Qi in a functional circuit, too much moisture and a too weak Yang as well as heat and dryness in the Yangming are less common. We see that according to Chinese medicine there are very different causes for the menopause syndrome.
As already mentioned, it is essential for a successful treatment to make a differential diagnosis according to the TCM guidelines, to which the subsequent treatment concept refers. In addition to traditional therapeutic approaches, the use of medicinal mushrooms is also suitable for menopausal complaints.
• Yin deficiency in the kidney, heart, liver and spleen
• Ascending liver-Yang due to Yin deficiency
• Jing deficiency
• Blood deficiency
• Yang deficiency
• Qi stagnation
Menopausal symptoms and treatment with medicinal mushrooms
Menopausal symptoms are primarily typical symptoms of a natural decrease in vital substances. Whether and when complaints start, how severe and how long they persist depends on the constitution of the woman and her lifestyle. With the variable factors, it can be said that a consuming lifestyle, led by stress and demands, breaks down vital substances faster and more strongly. In addition, eating habits that contain little Qi and Yin substances insufficiently supplement the woman’s natural reserves. This then manifests itself in the menopause as the related symptoms.
Medicinal mushrooms contain many substances containing Qi and Yin that are available to the organism if they are taken regularly and their bioavailability is good. The nutritional composition of many mushrooms is therefore ideally suited to prevent and or treat Qi and Yin deficits.
The regulatory properties of medicinal mushrooms are also worth mentioning. Due to their fine modulatory properties, medicinal mushrooms balance imbalances in female energetics and harmonize body and mind. Unpleasant side effects caused by hormone replacement therapy are completely eliminated. On the contrary, instead of side effects, medicinal mushrooms develop their holistic effect on all energy levels. The woman also feels significantly better in relation to other disorders. Therefore, one speaks of a comprehensive and valuable health care with a broad and deep effect.
Menopausal symptoms and particularly recommendable medicinal mushrooms (not final):
Reishi: The Reishi has a very strong connection to many age-related disorders. In general, the Reishi has a revitalizing and regulating effect, which has a positive effect on the Zhang / Fu organs and functions. In particular, its good effects on menopausal symptoms are often described in the TCM.
Cordyceps: Certainly has the strongest connection to kidney energy and should not be missing in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Balances kidney Qi, Yin and Jing, here as a powder or powder extract mixture.
Hericium: Has a strong connection to Shen and helps with mental disorders. Since the Yin mushroom can replenish substances, it also helps with dry mucous membranes.
Coriolus: The Coriolus also has a very good balancing effect in the menopause. It is harmonizing, tones Mi-Qi and Ma-Qi, the Yin of Ni and counteracts heat.
Case study from practice
One patient suffered increased menopause symptoms for 6 months. She woke up sweaty several times during the night. Hot flashes one after another rose and robbed sleep. Even during the day she felt two to three flushes that were very uncomfortable. Gradually, psychological complaints became apparent. She was often irritable and described herself as “thin-skinned”.
The mycotherapeutic treatment consisted of 1.2 grams of Reishi and 1.2 grams of Hericium daily. This combination was able to significantly reduce the symptoms within 4 weeks. The hot flashes decreased so that she could sleep better at night. The Hericium also helps in relation to the mood and significantly regulates leading to more joie de vivre.
The patient will continue to take this combination until the body’s energies have balanced. Depending on that, this can take a few months to a year or two.