The most common treatment in the United States for menopause is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). One fact that should be of interest to American women is that only 10% of Asian women experience the same types of symptoms. Unlike the United States, Asian cultures tend to use traditional Chinese medicine and practice a very different dietary plan.
In traditional Chinese medicine a Kidney Yin Deficiency is thought to cause hot flashes. A traditional Chinese medical professional would assess a patient and then be able to create a formula such as Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan, which has been used for hundreds of years to reduce hot flashes.
What Is Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan?
Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan contains eight different herbs and is the most popularly used Chinese medicinal formula for treating menopausal women that are experiencing hot flashes.
Shan Zhu Yu – Also known as Cornelian Cherry Fruit, Shan Zhu Yu stabilizes the kidneys and liver by enhancing their functions. This herb is sour, slightly warm, and non-toxic. It is commonly used to treat impotence, instant sweating, incontinence, and chronic lower back pain.
Shan Yao – This herb is also known as Chinese wild yam. It is a sweet and neutral herb used in traditional Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent, antibiotic, to promote urination and improve the digestive system. Shan Yao enhances the kidneys, lung and sleep channels.
Mu Dan Pi – Also referred to as peony root, this is an acrid, bitter and mild cool herb. This herb is used to clear heat and cool the blood by enhancing the functions of the heart, liver, and kidney.
Zhi Mu – This herb is used in traditional Chinese medicine to lower blood pressure and enhance the functions of the lung, kidney, and stomach. Zhi Mu is also known as Common Anemarrhena Rhizome.
Shu Dihuang – This is the cooked Rhemannia Root. Shu Dihuang is dense, sweet, sticky, and cold. It is commonly used to eliminate cold and heat accumulations in the body.
Fu Ling – Commonly known as Poria, this herb is bland sweet and neutral. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine as a diuretic. It eliminates water, and calms the mind by enhancing the functions of the heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys.
Ze Xie – This is a sweet, bland and cold herb, used in traditional Chinese medicine to eliminate water and clear heat. Also known as Alisma, it enhances the functions of the bladder and kidneys.
Huang Bai – Used to treat night sweats, this herb is also commonly known as amur cork-tree bark. It is a bitter and cold herb that is known to clear heat and expel toxins by enhancing the kidney and bladder functions.
Ginseng is another herb known to help relieve hot flash symptoms of menopause. Ginseng substitutes the human hormones with phytoestrogenic hormones. Replenishing the hormones decreases the amount of hot flashes you will experience.
These Chinese herbs and medicines can be found online and in some natural food stores. If you live in a larger city with a Chinese population that sells traditional Chinese medicines you should have no problems sourcing all of these and more.
It is always a good idea to discuss any herbs you plan to take with your doctor or medical professional to ensure they don’t interact with any other medications you are taking or that your doctor may prescribe.