Is there a Relationship between a TCM Diagnosis of Hot-Cold and Menopausal Symptoms? A Qualitative Approach

By Amy Best

Abstract

The aim of this research is to establish if there is a relationship between a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis of hot or cold and menopausal symptoms. Specifically, it seeks to understand if the hot-cold diagnosis is predictive of the type and severity of symptoms women will experience. The rationale and aims of this study stem from the researcher's desire to better understand women’s experience of menopause and identify possible predictors of symptomatic menopause in women's health histories. Establishing this relationship could help illustrate whether or not TCM acupuncture principles play an important role in identifying women most at risk for developing severe menopausal symptoms. Both the TCM and Western medicine perspectives regarding menopause and its treatment are presented in order to gain a better understanding of the issues women face during this time in their lives. 

The research methods employed in this study involve an extensive review of the Western and TCM literature regarding menopause and interviews which allowed for the gathering of information and data respectively. The participants in this study spoke openly about their menstrual history, general health history and their experience of menopause. A review of patient notes enabled the researcher to recruit both symptomatic and asymptomatic menopausal women. The research method, strategy and data collection technique will be described at length in chapter three.

Chapter five discusses the findings generated from this study. Furthermore, it presents both the strengths and weaknesses of this research. This section also discusses how this study could inform future research. The findings generated by this study are intended to inform TCM acupuncture practice and aid practitioners in gaining a better understanding of menopause to ensure they provide the best possible care for women of all ages.