We’ve given you a lot of insight into how medication can help treat menopause symptoms, but alternative medicine treatments exist. This is a great option for people who avoid modern medicine and prefer other methods. We recognize that everyone desires different treatment methods for their body, so we aim to incorporate as many options as possible.
At Chapel Hill Gynecology, our main concern is ensuring you are comfortable and happy. We are always looking for the best ways to serve our patients. These options are great ways to achieve that. If you have not heard about some of these, we are happy to provide more information at any time.
Alternative Medicine Treatments
Research is an excellent way to understand better what your body needs. Here, you can learn about practices you may not have heard much about. This includes two popular alternative medicine treatments, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a treatment method that has evolved for thousands of years. In this treatment method, the techniques are centered around restoring the balance of yin and yang in the body. Here, yin is considered the “cold” or passive force or principle, and yang is the “hot” or active force or principle. The presence of symptoms or disease is an imbalance of these two forces.
After figuring out an imbalance, the next steps include treatment methods. Traditional Chinese Medicine includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, oriental massage, and qi gong. These practices have been found to benefit hot flashes and night sweats. That is why it is considered a good option for women who are struggling with the symptoms of menopause. As each is an individual practice, you may not need all of them in your treatment. It depends on your specific needs and which would benefit your symptoms the best. Each one comes with its own benefits, so it is important to research them. For example, one downside of acupuncture is that it requires many treatments over time to see the sustained benefits.
Homeopathy was discovered in Germany over 200 years ago. This medicine is often based on the principle of “like cures like.” A large amount of a substance can be harmful to the body, however, sometimes small doses can be used to cure the issue. It is also important to note that this type of medicine is based on the belief that lower doses of medication can have larger effectiveness. This stimulates the body’s defense mechanisms while aiding in natural healing. It considers everything happening in the body, from the body to the mind.
Homeopathic items come from various different sources and are commonly made into sugar pellets. These are then given to the patient receiving the treatment. However, it can also be an ointment, gel, or tablet. These decisions are often individualized based on the patient’s needs. Even when people use this treatment for the same issue, they may require different methods of homeopathy. When considering homeopathic practices, discussing them with your healthcare provider before taking any measures is important.
There are many sources of medical information to consider before deciding the best option of alternative medicine. Just because it is not a treatment method you have often heard of does not mean it is out of the question. Our practice considers alternative medicine treatments to ensure we give you the best treatment plan possible. Chapel Hill Gynecology could be the best practice for you to get the care you have been searching for. Looking to try out alternative medicine treatments? Check out our website or give us a call for more information.