Herbs for Menopause Symptoms Provide Safe and
Is is safe to use herbs for
menopause? Women who are going through menopause
also known as the 'change of life,' often had no idea how miserable this
experience can be until it is upon them. You may change
from a perfectly rational, cheerful and upbeat person into
an irrational, anxious, nervous bundle of nerves. And that's
just the beginning.
This scenario often doesn't end here. Heart
palpitations are often a reported menopause symptom
which serves to increase your anxiety levels, irritability and headaches. Perhaps the worst of all is the episodes of profuse
perspiration associated with the infamous hot flashes
or hot flushes. You may become depressed
and although not every woman
experiences all of these symptoms, just a few are enough to
drive you crazy.
Now that we know that hormone replacement
therapy is not a good idea (because of the Women's
Health Initiative report linking HRT to cancer and strokes), what do you do? Fortunately,
there are a number of herbs for menopause
safe and effective menopause relief.
Many of these herbs have been used for centuries, as a
specific for menopausal symptom relief, in a variety of
cultures around the world. Here are some of the best.
Black Cohosh is one of the best single herbs for menopause
symptoms. Native Americans used this plant extensively for
many female complaints and specifically for menopausal
symptoms. This plant has a component which is a precursor
for estrogen – your body uses this estrogen precursor to
produce just the amounts of estrogen your body needs. Black
Cohosh is also an excellent remedy for hot flashes, anxiety
and depression. In addition to combating rheumatic
conditions, it relieves muscle cramps and attendant pain.
Some studies suggest it may also help manage blood pressure
and reduce cholesterol.
If hot flashes are a problem, you'll want some Red Clover
flowers in your cupboard. Brew a cup of red clover tea and
drink 3 or 4 cups each day. Incidentally, red clover is also
a treatment for ovarian cysts.
The dried fruits of the Agnus Castus tree is another one of
the excellent herbs for menopause. Its main virtue lies in
its hormone balancing qualities, which helps relieve
depressive conditions, especially in menopause.
Angelica, also known in Traditional Chinese medicine as Dong
Quai, is another of the hormone balancing herbs for
menopause. Angelica contains goodly quantities of natural
plant estrogens, treating symptoms of reduced levels of
Sage, the common culinary herb, may be drunk as a tea to
reduce sweating and hot flashes. Drink 3 or 4 cups daily.
Use this herb liberally in your foods as well. If you're
bothered by the dreaded night sweats, sage is especially
helpful in bringing you relief.
St. John's Wort, or Hypericum has a mild sedative effect
which proves useful if you're feeling anxious and may also
help with depression.
This list of herbs for menopause is not exhaustive. Consult
a qualified herbalist or naturopathic doctor for specific
doses and choices that are right for you.
Information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is
not intended as medical advice.
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