Natural Therapies And The Menopause

Can Menopause be Treated with Herbal Remedies

Symptoms of the menopause can be helped by alternate or complimentary therapies and treatments. These take the form of many things including herbal, dietry and homeopathic supplements. Chiropractic and acupuncture treatments can also help.

Women usually start the menopause around the age of 50 years old, symptoms can include broken sleep patterns, night stweats and hot flushes. They can get help or relief from these symptoms from health supplements that contain phyto-oestrogens in their diet. Two common supplements containg this botanical therapies are Black Cohosh and flaxseed.

Botanical Therapies – what are they

Botanical therapies are natural medicines made from plant extracts. Being commonly used for hundreds of years, these extracts are actually used in nearly 50% of all conventional prescription medicines as well as playing a big part in the compilmentary therapies achieved with herbal or natural supplements.

Can botanicals relieve menopausal symptoms

Certain plant extracts such as phyto-oestrogens can help to relieve menopausal symptoms, they mimic naturally occuring oestrogen when introduced into the body as a supplement, whilst not as strong as the natural oestrogen, they do help increase the bodies natural oestrogen which depletes during the menopause, this increase should help reduce the symptoms such as hot flushes and sleep problems. An example of plant based Oestrogen is Isoflavone, this can also be found in products such as Soya (milk and beans) and tofu.

Examples of plant based herbal menopausal remedies

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh flowerOne popular and effective plant supplement is called Black Cohosh, its tablets are widely available in various strengths from a range of high street and on-line specialist suppliers. Research has shown that the short term use of Back Cohosh can help reduce the effects of night sweats, hot flushes and even vaginal dryness often associated with the menopause. Side effects are rare but it has been known to cause stomach upset in very rare cases.

More informaton on Black Cohosh

Evening primrose oil and linseed

Evening primroseThese are other plant based herbal supplements that are often used to treat hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms, Linseed is an edible seed product that contains another form of Phyto-oestrogen which are called lignans. This also been linked with a reduction in the risk of Breast Cancer.

More information on Evening Primrose Oil

Dong Quai

Dong Quai pictureAnother botanical supplement is called Dong Quai, used by the chinese in their traditional treatments for over 2000 years it is thought to aid the recipitant with the reduction of night sweats and hot flushes.

There is a large number of plant or herbal health products available, whilst there is no real way to 100% guarantee that any of these work, the fact that they are sold regularily on a repeat basis to millions of women worldwide should mean that they do work and will help.

Other types of herbal supplements avaiable and recommended for the treatment of menpausal symptoms include: Krill oil (contains fatty acide omega 3) red clover, starflower (or borage), gingko biloba, sarsaparilla, sage and passion flower.

A terrific on line store that supplies these products is Healthspark

As with all medicines and supplements, before you start taking them you should check with your doctor if you have any underlying conditions or are on any long term medication.

The information in this website is for advice and guidance only. It is based on my own intensive research and personal experiences, and is not intended in any way to replace professional medical advice, or to diagnose or treat any health conditions. All rights reserved.