Traditional chinese medicine valuably augments therapeutic options in the treatment of climacteric syndrome

Eisenhardt, Sarah; Fleckenstein, Johannes (2016). Traditional chinese medicine valuably augments therapeutic options in the treatment of climacteric syndrome. Archives of gynecology and obstetrics, 294(1), pp. 193-200. Springer 10.1007/s00404-016-4078-x

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Climacteric syndrome refers to recurring symptoms such as hot flashes, chills, headache, irritability and depression. This is usually experienced by menopausal women and can be related to a hormonal reorganization in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, originating 1000s of years ago, above-mentioned symptoms can be interpreted on the basis of the philosophic diagnostic concepts, such as the imbalance of Yin and Yang, the Zang-Fu and Basic substances (e.g. Qi, Blood and Essence). These concepts postulate balance and harmonization as the principle aim of a treatment. In this context, it is not astounding that one of the most prominent ancient textbooks dating back to 500-200 BC, Huang di Neijing: The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine gives already first instructions for diagnosis and therapy of climacteric symptoms. For therapy, traditional Chinese medicine comprises five treatment principles: Chinese herbal medicine, TuiNa (a Chinese form of manual therapy), nutrition, activity (e.g. QiGong) and acupuncture (being the most widespread form of treatment used in Europe). This review provides an easy access to the concepts of traditional Chinese medicine particularly regarding to climacteric syndrome and also focuses on current scientific evidence.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (IKIM)
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Translational Research Center

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Eisenhardt, Sarah and Fleckenstein, Johannes


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Johannes Fleckenstein

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2017 10:22

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27 Jul 2017 10:22

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Acupuncture; Chinese herbal medicine (CHM); Heat flush; Hormone therapy; Integrative medicine; Menopause; Physiologic mechanism; Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)




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