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Menopause - "Seven Dwarves" of symptoms as seen through Chinese Medicine

I was reading a post in which the author referenced Suzanne Sommers’ book, “The Sexy Years”, in which she renamed the Seven Dwarves of Menopause:Itchy, Bitchy, Sleepy, Sweaty, Bloated, Forgetful, and All Dried Up!Although it was funny thirteen years ago, at that time the concept was remote to my experience.Having since personally met each of those little elves during my adventures with menopause, I laughed a bit harder than I had upon first learning their names.
In Traditional Chinese, menopause marks the final 7-year stage of a woman’s life.The Classics describe the phases of a woman’s life in periods of 7 year (and a man’s in periods of 8 years).By the 7th iteration of 7-year cycles, a woman’s Essence, the fluid-rich substances that infuses her life, has depleted to the point where she is no longer fertile.Essence is a Yin substance ~ the Water aspect of our bodies that is cooling and moistening.Yang represents activity of physiology, {think of heart pumping, temperature-regulating …