I am approaching menopause and I have noticed changes in my body. I
have added a few pounds and my menstruation is becoming irregular. I am dieting and began an exercise
program, but I would like your opinion on any special approaches to general wellness related to aging
As we age, our body slows down. Metabolism, organ function,
tissue regeneration all slow down. This necessitates different approaches to wellness. As our metabolism
slows down, we should also reduce our caloric intake. The more calories we take in the more get stored
since we do not burn as much. The nutrition requirements also change as you reach menopause. A good
general approach is to engage in a proactive health maintenance program with your natural practitioner.
Here are some suggestions.
1. Receive monthly or weekly acupuncture treatments to help regulate the hormones, stimulate metabolism
and help with energy distribution and utilization.
2. Adjust the diet with 1/3 fewer calories than usual but with more nutritionally rich content,
including various berries, nuts and seeds, and green leafy vegetables. Eat more fiber rich foods (greens are
good for this) or supplement with fiber to maintain regular bowel habits.
3. Engage in Tai Chi or Qi Gong exercises either by yourself or in a group setting. This helps with
hormones, adjusts the body's energy cycles and is a good workout without stressing the joints and bones.
Follow these dietary and supplementation guidelines for menopause.
Maintain a diet low in fats and cholesterol to prevent complications. Diet should consist of more green
vegetables, whole grains, and organic produce. Your diet needs to be of Yin nature to help replenish the
decline. Eat more black beans, sesame seeds, soybeans, other soy products mustard greens, kale, wheat, and
wheat germ, walnuts, lycium berries, mulberries, wild yams, lotus seeds, licorice, black jujube dates,
Stop smoking and eliminate alcohol, dairy products, coffee and stimulants.
Boil 1 cup black beans and 2 cups of brown rice with 8 cups of water for 20 minutes
to turn into soupy porridge. Consume twice daily for three months.
Roast 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds and add to rice or morning cereal for breakfast
Make steamed or stewed chicken with lycium berries, yam and walnuts to help build yin
Make tea from chrysanthemum flowers, cassia seeds and lycium berries, drink three times daily to nourish
Walnuts, lotus seeds, sunflower seeds and lycium berries can be added to any of your soups, salads or
porridges as good source of yin energy
A good base of antioxidants including Vitamin C and E (250-500mg daily of vitamin C and 400-800
IU daily of Vitamin E) can help prevent complications of menopause
Vitamin K (45mg daily) Vitamin D (400 IU daily) and Calcium (1000-1500 mg per day) can prevent
bone loss. Magnesium also helps with calcium absorption
Black cohosh, red clover, evening primrose, saw palmetto and valerian are beneficial herbs to
help cope with menopause symptoms
Lachesis, Sepia, Calcarea, Belladonna, and argentums nitricum are some of the homeopathic remedies
Chinese herbs often used for menopause include herbs to tonify the kidney yin and to nourish the
bodys fluids. Glossy privet fruit and eclipta are two of the often used together as a dietary
supplementation. Other herbs include angelica Dang Gui, rehmannia, wheat levis, black jujube, artemisia
Qing Hao, anemarrhena, bupleurum, white peony