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Yin Yang Balance for Menopause


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D, CNS


Myths and Misconceptions about Menopause and How Sasang Medicine Can Help

Beginning the Sasang Journey

1 Setting Sail The Basics of Menopause and Sasang Medicine

2 Discovering Your Yin Yang Body Type Physical and Personality Tests to Uncover Your Type

3 Weathering the Storms Emotions and Menopause

Addressing Nine Common Menopause-Related Challenges

4 Fire Aboard Hot Flashes

5 Sealing the Portholes Osteoporosis

6 Woman Overboard The Depths of Depression

7 No Wake Zone Improving Your Sleep

8 Minding the Waterline Urinary Health

9 Untangling the Fishing Net Uterine Fibroids

10 Shouldering the Ropes Frozen Shoulder

11 Rocking the Boat Libido

12 Sailing through the Mist Brain Fog

Continuing the Voyage
Useful Resources for Your Menopausal Journey

Five Nutritional Guidelines for Optimum Menopausal Health




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 is the founder of Harmony Clinic and the American Institute of Korean Traditional Medicine. The author of Your Yin Yang Body Type, he lives in Portland, Oregon.


"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 *
"Ancient Korean Sasang medicine is based on a Confucian, rather than Chinese Taoist, view of health and longevity with both systems promoting living in harmony. This book takes a yin-yang approach to treat menopausal challenges, such as uterine fibroids, hot flashes, libido, brain fog, and sleep are clearly detailed. It carefully examines physical and emotional strengths and how they ways in which we react to stress influence our health. The appropriate herbs, exercises, supplements, and foods for each individual are determined by one's body type." * Kathi Keville, American Herb Association Quarterly Director *

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