Dr. Maoshing Ni introduces himself and discusses why Chinese Medicine calls menopause a woman's second spring.
Hi, I am Dr. Maoshing Ni, and I practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Santa Monica, California. My brother and I have a practice called Tao of Wellness where we see many patients specializing in women’s health and infertility. We also have founded a school called Yo San University of Traditional Chinese medicine where we have professional accredited graduate degree programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
In Chinese medicine we have this whole concept of second spring. Because, you see, culturally you have to understand that we value our elders. As people get older, we revere them because they have wisdom. They have life experience to share with us. So why should we not celebrate people as they get older and wiser? Just the opposite here in America which is unfortunate; you get older and you are farmed out to the pasture, you have seen your better days and things are over. So cultural orientation is totally different. People actually look forward to getting older in the East. What comes with that is this idea that you will gain more respect, you will gain more reverence, and you will wield more authority. So in Chinese culture and Chinese medicine, we regard this midlife time for a woman as second springs because we feel like, well, in the first half of your life if you are a woman, your life does not quite belong to you. Your life belongs to your family, your children particularly, and perhaps your community. You have obligations. You have biological and social obligations. However, the beginning of this kind of midlife creates tremendous shift in opportunity because by now most women will have older kids. They do not need to be there as much, meaning the kids are more self-sufficient and as well as that she now has life experience, she now has wisdom, she now perhaps also is more secure and confident of herself because of all the experiences she has had up to this point.
Dr. Mao is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology and a Diplomat in Anti-Aging. He is currently in general practice with special interest in immune, hormonal and aging related conditions. He was awarded the Outstanding Acupuncturist of the Year Award in 1987. Dr. Mao along with Dr. Dao, his brother and father, founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica, California. He is currently director and a professor of Chinese medicine at Yo San University. Dr. Mao is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the AOM ALLIANCE, American Society of Acupuncturist, the American Association of Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine and National certification Commission for Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Diplomat in Chinese Herbology.
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