Natural remedies designed to ease menopausal symptoms
Conventionally speaking, menopause ‘officially’ begins 12 months after a woman’s final menstrual period and is connected to a huge drop in estrogen levels. This dramatic drop in estrogen can produce a wide variety of symptoms like, hot flashes, sexual dysfunction, urinary tract infections, joint pains, plus sleep disorders and mood swings. These menopausal symptoms are early warning signs of disease and should not be ignored. So, let’s focus on some natural solutions.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Brown University, and published in The Obstetrician and Gynecologist (TOG), ‘physicians should recommend herbal medicines and complementary therapies to women seeking relief from the symptoms of menopause.’ Dong quai or “female ginseng”, red clover and black cohosh are three widely-used herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms. These herbs contain plant compounds which mimic estrogen.
Phytoestrogens – found in sesame and flax seeds, red clover tea and fermented soy products like, tempeh, miso and natto contain high amounts of plant-based estrogens called isoflavones – which can provide natural relief for women with menopause symptoms. In a study performed at The University of Naples, Italy – in 2005 – it was discovered that isoflavones were effective in reducing hot flashes and relieving vaginal dryness during menopause. Their recommendation is 45 grams per day.
Can homeopathy help women with menopause? In some cases, the answer is yes. For example, cimicifuga has been shown to help with night sweats, vaginal dryness, bleeding and mood swings. Lachesis tends to help women who feel warm to hot – all the time and may crave alcoholic beverages. Sepia is especially useful for women having difficulty with sexual intercourse, felling chilly – most of the time and desiring strenuous exercise – which often provides temporary symptom relief.
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