Monday, March 30, 2009
Recently, I noticed my confusion when I heard several people mention Black Cohosh, known as Sheng Ma in Chinese, as an herb for hotflashes and other signs of menopausal distress. It struck me that I'd never heard of this use in Chinese medicine school. Mostly it appeared in herbal formulas for common cold, sometimes for measles or even for prolapse due to its ability to vent heat from the skin and raise up what was sunken. It struck me that while its heat clearing ability may be good to help menopausal women cool off, most of the heat of menopause was caused by what we in the world of Asian Medicine refer to as "deficient heat." Such heat is not really the result of the woman being too hot, rather she appears hot because she doesn't have enough substantive moisture, known as yin to keep warmth from flaring up at certain times. It is like the hot dry griddle on the stove. If you throw a tiny bit of moisture on it, it will steam up. The dryness causes the flare up. In such a case, the best course of action is to nourish the woman's yin moisture rather than clearing heat.
I have several herbal formulas in my herbal pharmacy far more useful to help women with hotflashes than the black cohosh she may find at the natural food's store. If you are interested in hearing more about how herbal medicine can help you or someone you love with menopause give me a call at (707) 775-8311 or visit me at http://www.SantaRosa-Acupuncture.com