If you want to learn more about controlling your menopausal symptoms with natural remedies for this difficult transition in a woman’s life, keep reading.
Introduction to Menopause
Typically, menopause will start in a woman’s early 50s, but that’s not definite. Some women experience menopause earlier and others later. Menopause is by definition, the end of a women’s reproductive age when she ceases to menstruate.
The perimenopause, or stretch of time leading up to menopause, is marked by irregular periods and generally begins when a woman is in her 40s. Menopause can go on for many years – however, once a woman hasn’t had a period for a full year, she is considered post-menopausal.
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause isn’t a disease, but the most common “symptoms” associated with it include dry or itchy skin, dry eyes, hot flashes, trouble sleeping, night sweating, dryness of the vagina, weight gain and a decreased sex drive.
Reducing Menopausal Symptoms
Often to reduce menopausal symptoms, doctors prescribe estrogen treatments that are designed to regulate the hormone levels. However, increased doses of estrogen have also been demonstrated to increase a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer.
Herbal and Natural Solutions for Menopause
Black Cohosh Herb
Black cohosh is remarkably effective at reducing a number of menopausal symptoms. It can help with everything from hot flashes and insomnia to anxiety and mood fluctuations. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and mild sedative, meaning it can help alleviate high blood pressure and anxiety.
Clinical studies show that black cohosh does indeed reduce symptoms of menopause in a similar manner to low doses of estrogen replacement. Most importantly, these effects occur without increasing the lining of the uterus or estrogen levels in the body. The recommended dose is 40 mg per day. Black cohosh, however, isn’t recommended for women with a history of breast cancer.
Dong Quai is typically administered in liquid form or as part of a tea. It’s commonly used to regulate hormone levels and reduce the common symptoms associated with menopause. It’s not recommended for those who are also taking anti-coagulant drugs.
Adrenal and Liver Tonic
Because adrenal and liver stress exacerbates the symptoms of menopause, combine equal parts of the following herbs to support adrenal function and repair and detoxify the liver: licorice, wild yam, Dong Quai, black cohosh, milk thistle, burdock and bupleurum. Add cinnamon and spearmint for flavor and then boil 1 tbsp for every cup of water and drink three times a day.
These natural remedies for menopause aren’t going to “cure” your menopause, but they will help you deal with the uncomfortable symptoms associated with this important life change. In addition to these herbal remedies, you can make a big difference by focusing on developing a very healthy diet and the amount of daily exercise that you’re getting.
Even if in implementing some of the above recommendations you experience a reduction in just a few of the bothersome symptoms you normally endure, most women would say it is well worth the extra effort.