Dr. med. Jürgen Hennecke, Aachen, Germany
Over 70% of all women suffer relatively serious endocrine and vegetative symptoms during the transition from sexual maturity to the menopause. Now that hormone replacement therapy is coming in for increasing criticism due to its not insignificant sideeffects, a growing number of women are asking their gynaecologists, GPs and therapists for alternative forms of treatment. A range of food supplements
(e.g. soya extract), phytotherapeutic agents (often with phyto hormones) and homeopathic remedies, both individual and in complex form, are available, which are highly effective. It is often necessary to take these preparations for months, if not years. Excellent results can also be achieved in this area with bioresonance without the need for medication and often with longlasting results.
This example can also demonstrate that, depending on the structure of the practice and the needs of the patients, positive results can be obtained both with standardised treatment regimes and also with therapy tailored to the individual.
Physiology and symptoms
In this phase of life degenerative changes take place in the ovaries and follicle reserves are exhausted. At first anovular cycles occur gradually, followed by often irregular periods until menstruation finally stops completely. Progestin levels are reduced, until the ovarian tissue finally also stops producing oestrogen. This leads to an increase in gonadotrophic hormones (LH, FSH) from the anterior pituitary lobe. This results in the entire endocrine system changing and the neurovegetative system subsequently switching over to a sympathicotonic course.
For a number of women this heralds a variety of psychovegetative and organic disorders (Tab. 1).
Once menstruation stops, the uterus’ role as an “eliminating organ” also comes to an end with the result that, with additional energetic insufficiency in other organ systems, contamination from heavy metals and toxins also builds up. This situation benefits the onset of degenerative or autoimmune disorders.
According to the ideas of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), (kidney) Yin essence becomes exhausted, in energy terms, due to age.
The water element’s (kidney/ bladder) controlling function over the wood element (liver/ gallbladder) declines as a result, so that (liver) Yang “increases”. If this new energy which is released is not harnessed it can lead to “excessive” or “suppressed” reactions (Tab. 2).
In conventional medicine hormone deficiency is treated by administering oestrogen, either on its own or in combination with progestin. This relieves the symptoms and offers the promise of “protecting the organs” and “staying youthful”, yet the problem is ultimately only delayed a few years. The sideeffects of this therapy are not without