- BA Joint Hons, R.S.Hom
- Cert & Dip Life Coaching
- Practitioner certificate in EFT (emotional freedom technique)
- Registered with The Society of Homeopaths
PMS and Menopause Clinic
The Wellforce Pms/Menopause Clinic provides an integrated medicine approach to the treatment of hormone related disorders. If you are suffering from symptoms resulting from premenstrual tension, perimenopause or the menopause and wish to have non-hormonal treatment you may wish to book an appointment with one of our team of therapists. We offer natural therapies which may help.
Symptoms presenting most commonly include hot flushes, night sweats, disturbed sleep pattern, irritability, tiredness aching limbs,dryness and many more. Although conventional hormonal therapy has been known to help these symptoms, not everyone wants to go down this route and for some, hormone therapy is not possible. Counselling is also available to address the distressing emotional effects of menopause.
Vivienne Outram, Acupuncturist and one of the Menopause clinic team writes about the Chinese approach to Menopause.
Menopause - a gateway to better health
There is no name for the Menopause in Chinese medicine. The ending of periods is not considered an illness in China, but instead a natural and healthy transition from one part of life to another. Just as summer must end, and transform into Autumn, we must also move from our child bearing years into a different phase of life where our energies can be free to be more creative and contemplative. This is not viewed a s a negative process in China, where the elderly are revered and respected for their wisdom and the contribution they have made to the lives of those who have followed them.
It would seem that in the West we suffer more problems at this time of life. This may be partly due to our obsession with youth and the summer of our lives, but also because of the way we live. The pace of life is frenetic, and women in their forties have more to deal with than is healthy. They often work full time, take care of the house, look after children and elderly relatives just as their natural energy begins to decline. The Chinese would say that by the time we reach 40 years old, half of our constitutional energy has already been consumed. At this time a woman's remaining reserves of energy need to be conserved to ensure old age is healthy and long. Many health problems develop at this time of life because output of energy exceeds input.
We are all born with a finite amount of congenital pre birth energy, our constitutional energy account. The amount we are born with depends on the health of our parents at conception and the health of our mother in pregnancy. Once this energy store is used up, we die. The Chinese view this energy as if it were a candle. Some people have tall candles and other people have short candles. How we behave in life determines how quickly we burn through our candle of energy. If your constitution is strong and you live a sensible life, trying to conserve your energy, you are likely to live a long life, if you have a strong constitution, but squander your reserves of energy by,' burning the candle at both ends', your life is likely to be much shorter.
There is also a second type of energy we can call on to help keep us alive; the Chinese call this post birth energy. This is the energy we get from food and air. If we live a healthy life we can conserve a little extra energy from our food at the end of the day, and this helps us conserve our precious pre-birth, constitutional energy. This is why the strength of the stomach is so important to health. Poor digestion means you don't get all the goodness out of your food and you will not be able to keep some energy in reserve. Healing your digestive system is the most important thing you can do for your health.
The menopause is considered a Gateway in Chinese culture; it is the last gateway that a woman will pass through in her life. For that reason the few years before menopause and the menopause itself is such an important time to try and improve your health. It is the last great opportunity to improve your health for the better. Sadly, this information is little known in the West. It is important to use techniques to try and build up reserves of energy at this time, so that there is enough oestrogen to supply the body for the rest of its life. It is important to try and slow down the pace of life if possible, and to use mindfulness techniques to help you relax. It is also a very good idea to start learning energy exercises such as Qi gong which will increase your store of energy.
Early and preventative treatment of illness is important at this time to ensure that it does not develop into serious illness. Energy treatments such as Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can help to bring harmony back to the body before it can become dangerously unbalanced. We can also look at the food that we eat to make sure that food helps increase our stores of energy rather than drain them. Eating food such as toasted walnuts and pine nuts helps to create more of the right kind of healing energy in the body. Large amounts of heavy foods such as red meat and processed foods, drains the body's precious energy stores.
Take this opportunity to reclaim your health and power and to control your destiny, Chinese medicine can help you do just that!
Vivienne Outram BscEcon, MBAcC, MATCM.< Read less
Therapies available in this clinic include
- Please see individual therapist pages for pricing information
Our PMS and Menopause Clinic Therapists
- Wednesdays 1.15pm - 5.15pm
- BA (Hons)
- Dip. HE Counselling
- M.A Trauma Studies
- Accredited Member BACP
- Parent Effectiveness Training Instructor
- Art Therapy Foundation Course (Sheffield NHS Trust)
- Survivors UK Male Sexual Violation therapeutic training course
- EMDR Training (parts one and two)
- Member EMDR UK and Ireland Association
- Boarding School Survivors training for therapists
- Flexible appointment times
- BSc Econ (Hons) (University of Wales)
- Dip. Ac (Salford University)
- Dip. Ac. (The Bodyharmonics Centre)
- Cert ChMed (Shulan College of Chinese Medicine)
- MATCM (Member of Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine)
- MBAcC ( Member of British Acupuncture Council)
- Recognised by Westfield, HSA and Aviva Health
- Zita West affiliated acupuncturist
- Monday 16.30 until 20.30
- Tuesday 10.00 until 20.30
- Wednesday 10.00 until 20.30
To check availability or make an appointment about the PMS and Menopause Clinic, please call 0114 276 9500 or email us using the form below. Mandatory fields are marked with a *