In Chinese medicine the kidneys are the root of life and the seat of our fertility. Ancient scriptures written thousands of years ago explain the kidneys govern women's development in 7 years cycles. So, periods start at 14 year old and menopause happens at 49 years old - not far wrong even 1000's of years later.
Kidney energy dwindles as we age, until it runs out and we pass away. It’s a natural part of aging as is menopause. It explains why some issues we experience because of our age are blamed on the menopause and visa versa.
Our kidney energy grounds and root us, keeps us moist and lubricated and importantly they also keep us cool. Sounds like an energy we could do with in perimenopause and menopause right? And explains why hot flushes in menopause are often rooted in dwindling kidney energy.
The emotion associated with them is fear, when they’re out of balance we are fearful and when we’re fearful it can impact their ability to do what they need to do.
In modern medicine our adrenal glands, which sit on top of our kidneys (and are represented by Kidneys in Chinese medicine) need to be taken care of because they're involved in menopause oestrogen production.
So, both perspectives agree that our kidneys/adrenals are especially important during peri/menopause and can be implicated in the menopause hot flush experience.
In Chinese medicine kidney energy starts on the feet at a point called Gushing Spring! This point, not often needled, is easily treated with acupressure and it feels really good! And it can bring relief from a menopause hot flush.
This wonderful point descends energy which is great for headaches, soothing anger or frustration, insomnia, palpitations, poor memory, rage AND hot flushes or hot flashes and nightsweats. It explains why acupuncture or pressure is a great natural medicine for hot flashes.
If you’re looking for remedies for hot flushes in menopause and want to take your self-care to another level, pairing this point with an essential oil or oils to complement these actions is wonderful. Acupuncture and essential oils are both natural menopause treatments that really work.
Clary sage and geranium are both great hormonal balancers and natural medicine for hot flashes, either would be great paired with this point. Top tip make sure they’re diluted with fractionated oil for best results. If you’re looking for a beautiful, thoughtfully created blend we’ve developed Embrace Cool Aromatherapy Oil just for you.
Here’s the Menopoised Ancient Ritual created to help you harness the power of Chinese medicine. Smother the soles of your feet as part of your nightly bedtime ritual. By covering this area you’ll be activating the kidney point Gushing spring with your acupressure and feeding the bodies need for cool with the cooling properties of the oil. Remember essential oil is totally natural so it’s important to apply nightly for the best results.
If you’re looking for natural menopause treatments that really work and seeking relief from your menopause hot flush why not give this ancient ritual a try. It smells and feels amazing and will calm and cool you for a great nights sleep.
NB Embrace Cool contains the natural essences of wise Clary Sage, calming and balancing Geranium, refreshing Lemon and cooling Peppermint to help take the edge off those moments of feeling overwhelmed and overheated.
About Jo Darling MBAcC Lic Acu
Jo is a Brighton-based Acupuncturist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Acupuncture from the University of Greenwich. Her training includes western medicine pathology, physiology and anatomy. She is also a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
Jo is passionate about women’s health. She has helped 100’s of women live healthier, happier lives. She has spent over 10 years practicing acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, reflexology and Chinese herbs.
As well as fertility, pregnancy and natural menopause Jo specialises in the treatment of breast cancer patients particularly those thrown into early menopause by chemotherapy. This work inspired Menopoised.
For more information about her work visit her website.
Menopoised® harnessses the power of Chinese medicine. Created by acclaimed women’s natural health specialist and oncology acupuncturist Jo Darling Lic Acu,
Menopoised® was inspired by the menopausal experience of her cancer patients. Using her extensive knowledge, practise-based evidence and expertise in Chinese Medicine she set about creating beautiful, effective, natural and side-effect free products to empower women through their natural life transition – menopause. Trials of the Menopoised Menopause Magnet have shown that over 80% of participants experienced a reduction in the intensity and frequency of their hot flushes and night sweats within a week. Menopoised products have been created to support a broad spectrum of issues, designed to help guide women through a
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