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Yin Yang Balance for Menopause: The Korean Tradition of Sasang Medicine (Paperback)
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A practical guide to using your Korean Sasang body type to optimize your health during menopause
• Explores how each of the four Sasang body types has its own unique menopausal symptoms and Yin-Yang energy balance, explaining why hot flashes occur when they do, why insomnia is suddenly an issue, or why you feel depressed
• Provides self-tests to determine your Sasang body type and explains how the natural remedies and diets that work for one type might not work for another
• Includes Sasang herbal remedies for common challenges related to menopause, including hot flashes, depression, mood swings, brain fog, and loss of libido
The ancient Korean art of Sasang medicine explains how each of us is born with a specific body type that establishes our physical and emotional strengths and weaknesses. These traits have a direct influence on how we interact with others and react to stress and life’s transitions. Discovering your type will enable you to understand why you are prone to certain symptoms and not others, choose the most compatible remedies and treatments, and make the best choices regarding your health and well-being.
Applying the wisdom of Sasang medicine to the major life transition of menopause, Dr. Gary Wagman explores how each of the four Sasang body types has its own unique menopausal challenges, as well as opportunities, and how the natural remedies and diets that work for one type might not work for another. Providing guidelines and tests to determine your type, he details each type’s emotional tendencies, physical strengths and weaknesses, and their balance of Yin and Yang energy within the organ systems, explaining why hot flashes occur when they do, why insomnia is suddenly an issue, or why you feel depressed. Revealing the impact our emotions have on our physiological health, he describes how different emotions, such as anger and sadness, correlate with a particular type’s inborn energetic patterns.
Presenting natural remedies, exercises, supplements, and diet and food recommendations for each Yin-Yang body type, Dr. Wagman also includes body-type-specific Sasang herbal remedies for the most common challenges related to menopause, including hot flashes, osteoporosis, depression, mood swings, hormone balance, urinary health, fibroids, frozen shoulder, brain fog, and loss of libido. Offering specific ways to take charge of your own emotional, physical, and sexual health, this practical guide provides a compass to help you smoothly navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of menopause and harness the spiritual and emotional strengths of this life transition.
About the Author
Gary Wagman, Ph.D., L.Ac., is an acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental Medicine. He was the first foreign student at the Daejeon University of Oriental Medicine in South Korea and lived in Asia for more than 8 years. The founder of Harmony Clinic and the American Institute of Korean Medicine, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., CNS, is a New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books on diet, detox, the environment, and women’s health. Beloved by many, she is regarded as a nutritional visionary and health pioneer who has fearlessly stood on the front lines of holistic and integrative medicine. A Columbia University graduate, Gittleman has been recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and has received the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence and the Humanitarian Award from the Cancer Control Society.
“In Yin Yang Balance for Menopause, Gary Wagman gives the reader recommendations for the most common problems women experience throughout menopause so she can bring balance back to her life and move through menopause with energy and confidence--the way women were meant to experience their menopausal years! I love the easy to understand analogies Gary uses to simplify the more complex concepts. This is exactly the type of book women need to take control of their own health journey. I will be recommending it to every woman I know who is looking to navigate menopause using a balanced lifestyle approach.”
— Michelle L. Brown, CTNC, author of Energy Reset: Remove the Toxins, Reset Your Hormones, Restore You
“An essential companion for any woman who desires to harness the vitality of her midlife journey. . . . I’ve been waiting for a book like this to guide women in making menopause the ‘second spring’ it’s meant to be.”
— Tami Lynn Kent, MSPT author of Wild Feminine, Wild Creative, and Mothering from Your Center
“Yin Yang Balance for Menopause provides a fascinating way to customize your journey through this transition. By making fine distinctions among different body types, Gary Wagman helps to establish treatment protocols for common complaints that will really work for each individual. No more, ‘but I’m doing everything right, so why do I still feel so bad?’ Once you have established your yin yang body type, you can learn your physical and emotional strengths and weaknesses and how to balance them. This book is a unique addition to the body of menopausal management strategies.”
— Wendy Warner, M.D., ABIHM, author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies
“Yin Yang Balance for Menopause is a great gift for all those experiencing menopause. It is a fresh, new, and innovative look at the normal conditions women experience during this time in their life. Based on Sasang medicine, a traditional Korean constitutional medicine, Wagman delivers a practical solution, including diet, herbs, and exercises, to remedy the effects of menopause--from hot flashes and depression to insomnia and decreased libido. All healing is self-healing and begins with self-understanding. Yin Yang Balance for Menopause will take you on a step-by-step journey to health, well-being, and a greater understanding of yourself. I am certain that readers will thoroughly enjoy reading this book, as Gary Wagman writes in a clear, easy-to-follow, and witty manner.”
— Joseph K. Kim, O.M.D., Ph.D., author of Compass of Health, and coauthor of Yin and Yang of Life
“A uniquely sensitive and compassionate book that speaks to the natural healing power within our own bodies. Written from the perspective of Eastern and Western therapies, with a mind and body integrative approach, Yin Yang Balance for Menopause shows that our emotional balance is the essence of menopausal wellbeing. This profound and highly informative book is suitable for all women--even long before menopause--as it encourages us to develop a positive perception of the changes occurring naturally within our bodies.”
— Diana Richardson, author of Tantric Sex and Menopause, Slow Sex, Tantric Orgasm for Women
"With Yin Yang Balance for Menopause by Gary Wagman, I feel inspired to do some body-typing of my own. Whether menopause is the issue, or not. Because of his advice, I now get a sense of how much our bodies change through the years. And because energy moves us, change is inevitable. But we can respond positively. And, I believe getting connected to what’s happening to our bodies is the path to well-being. "
— Herbology East and West's Lotus, Lady, & Verse