Helpful Herbs for Menopause Relief

Marie Jimenez-Beaumont

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Herbs are nature's gifts to mankind. Unlike synthetic drugs, herbs can help to rebalance your body without side affects.

If you are looking for natural relief of your menopause symptoms, the following herbs have been used by women since ancient times. Use them with wisdom (more is not necessarily better), and you will gain its healthy benefits.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa): Contains phytoestrogens, which are chemicals found in plants that are similar to the female sex hormone oestrogen; the ovaries stop producing this hormone during menopause which may result in menstrual irregularities.

Black Cohosh herb has been found to be affective for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, osteoporosis and even arthritis; due to its antispasmodic properties it may help relieve menstrual cramps by raising the blood flow to the uterus .

Studies have found that black cohosh is safe, but its not encouraged for women who have breast cancer or for pregnant women, as it may stimulate contractions and lead to premature labor. Women with heavy flooding should not use black cohosh.

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus): a hormonal regulator is an ancient herbal remedy that was originally used to reduce female *** desire.

Vitex helps to normalize the hormones in a woman, specifically the estrogen and progesterone ratio, which in turns relieves PMS and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and irregular periods.

Caution: Side effects are very rare. Consult with your healthcare provider if taking dopamine receptor agonists and dopamine blocking agents such as dopamine metoclopramide. The potential interactions are theoretical, has not been documented.

False Unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum) :The root has steroidal saponins which has medicinal effects, and makes it a effective uterine tonic that stimulates ovarian hormones and is useful during the early stages of menopause. It has the ability to balance hormones which helps with menopausal symptoms. It helps with painful menstruation, irregular cycles and low sex drive. Even treats venereal disease if used as a douche to help heal the infection.

Caution: No known research has been conducted with this herb. As always, check with your health provider if taking medication.

Gingko Biloba (Ginkgoaceae): The Ginkgo tree has been around for over 200 million years and is one of the oldest living tree species on earth; individual trees live up to 1,000 years.

Clinical studies have shown its effectiveness in improving circulation and blood flow to the brain, and is used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. It also has been shown to be effective for tinnitus (ringing of the ear).

Caution: If taking warfarin, antiplatelet agents or aspirin, it can increase risk for bleeding. Other than this, the herb is well tolerated.

Lady’s Mantle(Alchemilla vulgaris ): Is commonly used to reduce heavy bleeding associated with periods and helps with the symptoms of menopause. It has anti-inflammatory properties; it’s great as a digestive aid, a soothing douche, and for diarrhea due to its astringent properties. In ancient times and in Arab countries, women consider this herb a beauty tonic.

Caution: No known research has been conducted with this herb. As always, check with your health provider if taking medication.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense): As women enter menopause there is a risk for developing osteoporosis (bone loss). Several studies indicate that the extract of red clover isoflavones may be helpful in slowing bone loss and increasing mineral density; also useful for reducing hot flashes. This versatile herb is also suggested for chronic skin problems such as adult eczema and psoriasis. Has also been used in the treatment of cancer and tumors.

Caution: No known research has been conducted with this herb. As always, check with your health provider if taking medication.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): A soothing herb that grows in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Has been traditionally used centuries for sleep disorders, panic attacks and anxiety. Also used to relieve muscle cramps associated with stress, PMS and menstrual cramps.

Caution: Do not exceed recommended dosage. Extremely high dosages may cause a weakening of the heartbeat and paralysis.


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