Exerpts from “A Practitioner’s Guide to Longevity Medicine for Women”
by Dr. Lia G Andrews, DAOM, L.Ac. from Oriental Medicine Summer 2015
Take Advantage of the “Golden Opportunities”
Jing is a term in Chinese medicine that refers to the combination of inherited and sustained resources of the kidneys, qi, and shen. Jing preservation is the primary goal when we discuss longevity. Jing can be leached away through overwork, regular stress, and poor diet, but is lost in greater quantities during procreation, or the potential for procreation, through the egg and sperm. Thus, men lose jing through ejaculation and women through menstruation and pregnancy. Most traditional cultures have prescribed ritual rest around menses and the postpartum month to protect women. On the one hand, modern women enjoy greater freedom and gender equality, but on the other, there is no medical or cultural framework that acknowledges women’s transitions and cycles. I have seen in my practice infertility and premature menopause result from this lack. TCM practitioners are in a key position to educate the public on this matter. Symptoms during menses, after childbirth, and during peri-menopause are what most often bring women through the door. Fertility issues are typically linked to the menstrual cycle, and they may be complicated by poor recovery from a previous pregnancy.