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Keren SELA, L.Ac, MSc

Keren is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and has been in practice since 1999. Keren is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of California and a registered NCCAOM practitioner. She specialized in woman's disorders in the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Keren headed and managed in the Unit of Complementary Medicine in the Fertility Research Center of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Hospital for 14 years, Her retrospective study on Chinese Medicine and medicated IUI, research conducted at the hospital, was published in "European Journal of Integrative Medicine".

Keren teaches a yearly post graduate gynecology course, and has a private practice specializing in gynecology and infertility. She frequently lectures in many symposiums both in Israel and abroad

She is a co – author of the "Clinical Handbook of TCM Gynecology and Obstetrics" (in Hebrew) ,“ Li Shi Zhen’s Pulse Book” (in Hebrew) and has co-written the  chapter

“Slippery Fetus”: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss in Traditional Chinese Medicine published in the second edition of the book “Recurrent Pregnancy Loss - Causes, Controversies, and Treatment Edited by Howard J. A. Carp, MB BS, FRCOG Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sheba Medical. Israel


The 5 types of menopause

The Chinese view of menopause is based on a matriarchal ancient society. Once a woman stops “wasting blood” – this blood can now nourish her Heart and prepare her for her role in society as a “wise woman” – a leader of her community. Thus, menopause is another stage in a woman’s development, one of new harmony and wellbeing, different from the previous stages. It should be asymptomatic!

The classics are clear on the 7-year cycle in women. However, the direct relationship TCM has made between menopause and Kidney weakness is far from comprehensive. The status of Earth (Spleen and Stomach) for example, is usually ignored as well as the imbalance caused in all other elements. In this lecture I will describe these 5 elemental types of menopausal symptoms, highlighting the main symptoms and signs for each.