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Chinese medicine views menopause as inevitable in life. Symptoms related to this come about due to kidney deficiency and needing the balance for "yin and yang." These are three examples of severe menopausal symptoms different types of women usually encounter:
1. Deficiency of qi and blood: Environmental changes or physical changes are relatively inadaptable. Menopausal syndrome is prone to happen.
2. Excessive heat due to yin deficiency: These women are usually small and thin and do not like physical activities, personality is more introverted, easy to be angry, and emotional. During menopause, they suffer from kidney deficiency; kidney water is insufficient and heat in heart is more prosperous, leading to restless and emotional fluctuations.
3. Liver qi stagnation: perfectionist, long-term mental tension, psychological stress, autonomic imbalance. When menopause is reached, symptoms will be more serious, prone to annoyance, emotional instability, and symptoms of depression.
TCM emphasizes on health starting from living a healthy lifestyle before menopause. Best to eat more moisturizing foods, such as medlar, peach, persimmon, Yuzhu, spinach, broccoli, etc., to reserve the moisture and prevent collagen loss. If menopausal symptoms have interfered with the body and mind, some prescriptions from a qualified Chinese medicine doctor include Bupleurum & Peony Formula (Jiawei Xiaoyao San), Six-Ingredient Rehmannia Pill (Liuwei Dihuang Wan), Celestial Emperor Heart-Supplementing Elixir (Tianwang Buxin Dan), etc.
Menopausal women can reduce their symptoms by 20% if they continue to exercise for two months without relying on drugs. Yoga, Tai Chi, walking, climbing, etc. are all good activities for women who is experiencing menopause.
Beneficial acupu-points for menopause:
Taixi Point ( 太溪穴, KI 3 ) is located on the medial aspect of the foot, posterior to the medial malleolus, in the depression between the tip of the medial malleolus and tendo calcaneus.
Tai Chong Point ( 太衝穴, Liv-3 ) is located on the foot, between the first and second toes.
Tell us about the race.
What made you join this race?
I need big goals to keep me focused;) I’ve always wanted to do a 50k trail event as well and this race is 3 hours from my home in the mountains surrounding the Myanmar border.
What kind of training are you doing to prepare for the race?
I’m built for comfort not speed and at age 53 recovery is key. I do 3 runs a week. 2 shorter runs of 5-10k and one longer run of 2.5-3hours. On the days between the runs I swim long and easy.
What are the challenges you are experiencing (if any) training for this?
The challenge is recovery and injury prevention which is why I do 2-4 massages a month minimum to help in the recovery from the training.
As a Triathlon athlete, what is your advice for people who want to join marathons as such?
Just start ... keep consistent and build slow. Give urself a long buildup of 10 months or a year to get to proper shape. This gives you a great goal and plenty of time to let your body build up to the Ironman or a ultra trail run.
What is the best post- race recovery treatment you suggest to athletes?
I suggest lots of massage and acupuncture. Prevention is key. Provide yourself a situation where you can stay healthy and injury free. Also don’t get too mono focused!! Keep times with friends and your family cause this is way more important than the training in the long run. Meditation and visualization to keep your spirit and your chi( life force) from getting to tapped and depleted.
Enjoy the process as it’s a blessing to of given yourself this amazing experience
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