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Estrogen And Herbs (Part 3 of Menopause)

  • By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc

  • Premarin (conjugated estrogen) is one of the most frequently prescribed medications in the United States. Considering that only half of the population can be prescribed this medication (females), and that only elderly patients need this medication, it is an astounding number. I am often asked by practitioners about patients of theirs who are prescribed estrogen but wish to take herbal alternatives, or patients who are prescribed herbs but wonder if the estrogenic effects of the herbs will conflict with their current therapy.

Menopause: Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective Part II

By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc
Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the fundamental changes that occur during menopause can be attributed to kidney deficiency. Since the kidney is the organ responsible for growth, maturation and aging, the deficiency of kidney yin is directly related to signs, symptoms and complications of menopause. In addition to kidney yin deficiency, other common conditions that occur in menopause are kidney yang deficiency; kidney essence (

Menopause: Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective Part I

By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc
Menopuase is defined as the permanent cessation of menses. While it is a normal process of aging, it creates a number of complications that require medical attention, such as vasomotor complaints (hot flashes), psychosomatic complaints, genital atrophy and osteoporosis. The issue of menopause is becoming increasing important because as most baby-boomers approach menopause at age 50, they are expected to spend more than 1/3 of their life in post-menopause since the life expectancy is now over 85 years.
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