Proven Effective Natural Herbs for Menopause and Menopausal Q&A
Below are some effective natural herbs for menopause. If you want relief from hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopause symptoms without taking estrogen, you've got several options with these natural herbs for menopause.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is the cessation of menstruation and a woman’s reproduction capacity. It usually occurs around the age of 50, but may happen prematurely or artificially after removal of the ovaries.
How Long Does Menopause Last?
I’ve asked my doctor this multiple times since I started experiencing menopause symptoms. Her answers are always the same...”It varies.” or “Every woman is different and unique.” ...which in doctor language means nobody knows!
Research says the vast majority of women will go through menopause for about 2 to 10 years probably from their mid-forties to mid-fifties. If I go the max and knowing my luck...I probably will...I am half way through!!!
Signs and Symptoms of Menopause:
Most symptoms that occur during menopause result directly from the estrogen deficiency produced by the failing ovaries.The first symptoms of menopause are changes in your menstrual cycle (longer or shorter), mood changes, an/or hot flashes
Interestingly, Japanese women suffer fewer symptoms of menopause because they eat more plant estrogen like tofu, soya, and miso.Some women have all of these menopause symptoms and some women have none of these signs and symptoms of menopause:
- Back pain
- Dry thinning hair and dry skin
- Very heavy periods (flooding)
- Very light periods
- Hot flashes mostly affecting the face and neck, and varying in frequency and duration
- Incontinence, one of the most common menopausal symptoms, through wear and tear, childbearing, and lack of estrogen
- Psychological problems such as irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and poor memory
- Increased hair on face, stomach, or chest due to either an increase in the male hormone or the drop in estrogen production
- Vaginal looseness, a feeling of slackness or of something protruding into the vaginal passage-possibly a prolapsed uterus, or a section of the urethra, bladder, or rectum dropping downward as a result of lost muscle tone
- Dyspareunia, pain during intercourse due to the thinning of the vaginal wall and a lack of lubercation, both caused by estrogen deficiency.
Natural Herbs for Menopause
- CHASTE TREE BERRY: One of the best natural herbs for menopause. Take for a noticeable improvement with hot flashes and heavy bleeding. (Note: do not take if pregnant or nursing. Also, women with hormone-sensitive cancers should not take this herb).
- DANDELION: It is a natural diuretic and will help with any swelling associated with water retention. It is also a nutrient rich herb full of vitamin A, potassium and iron. Two cups of dandelion root or leaf tea a day helps to relieve many more menstrual ailments such as bloating, swollen breasts, muscle spasms, acne, anemia and inflammation.
- BLACK COHOSH: One of the best known natural herbs for menopause. Can help restore female hormonal balance and help to prevent night sweats and hot flushes. Try NSP Flash-Ease, a concentrated timed-release version of the trusted black cohosh herb.
- GINSENG: Will help with anxiety and irritability and increases mental alertness. It will also boost vitality and prevent feelings of fatigue. Combined with 800IUs of Vitamin E, it can help alleviate night sweats too.
- RED CLOVER: Take daily and you could see a vast improvement with your hot flashes.
- PRO-G-YAM: One of the most effective natural herbs for menopause. Pro-G-Yam® Cream is a fragrance-free body cream containing natural progesterone. Each ounce contains 500 mg progesterone in a unique herbal base designed for maximum skin absorption and efficacy—wild yam, chamomile, ginkgo, horsetail and yucca.
- VALERIAN: Will help with anxiety and tension. Will help relax the nervous system when combined with Skullcap.
- SHEPHERD’S PURSE, LADY’S MANTLE, YARROW, GOLDENSEAL, BERTH ROOT, and PERIWINKLE: Will help with heavy bleeding.
- MILK THISTLE: Can be used to treat lumpy and painful breast.
- GINKGO BILOBA : Can help with memory and concentration problems.
- CRAMP BARK: Antispasmodic and will help with painful menstruation.
- PASSIFLORA: Will help you sleep.
- MOTHERWORT: Can restore thickness and elasticity of the walls of the vagina
- DONG QUAI: Can help with vaginal dryness.
Essential oils for Menopause
- CLARY SAGE: Will lift your mood and help to deal with fluctuating hormones.
- CHAMOMILE: Diluted in a little carrier oil, is adaptogenic, and will balance hormone levels causing night sweats, hot flashes, and other symptoms.
- Geranium: Aphrodisiacs for low libido.
- FENNEL: Can be massaged into the abdomen for water retention and symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Vitamins and Minerals
- Magnesium: Helpful for insomnia.
- VITAMIN B COMPLEX: A very effective menopause vitamin that is great for anxiety and irritability.
VITAMIN E: Take 800 IU/day for four weeks. Helpful for tender and lumpy breast and can help alleviate night sweats.
VITAMIN C: Increase intake to regulate heavy bleeding (flooding), reduce night sweats and hot flushes, and relieve constipation.
- SELENIUM: May help to reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
Co-Enzyme Q10: Will help with the lack of energy and fatigue.
- VITAMIN A,ZINC, IRON, AND B COMPLEX: Will help with heavy menstruation.
- EVENING PRIMROSE: Will help reduce night sweats, hot flashes, and breast tenderness.
Natural Remedies for Menopause
- SOY and ISOFLAVONES: (plant estrogens found in beans, particularly soybeans) High isoflavone intake (about 50 grams of soy protein per day) may be helpful in relieving hot flashes and night sweats. Taken long term, it also may have beneficial effects on cholesterol and bones.
- EXERCISE DAILY: Considered to be one of the best natural remedies for menopause. Walking, jogging, dancing, bicycling, swimming, or any other daily exercise can help prevent or lessen symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, depression, and other emotional problems, as well as vaginal problems.
- EAT SMALL MEALS: Rather than 3 big meals a day... five or six small meals will help your body regulate temperature more easily and help control hot flushes.
- CARRY A FAN: Carry a fan or a small, battery-powered electric fan and keep it on your desk or in your purse and flip it on as the hot flash begins.
- CARRY MOIST TOWELS: Carry a purse-size package of moist towels and wipe your brow when the heat is most intense or you may want to remove the perspiration after the flash is over.
- WATER: Drink plenty of cool water to keep body temperature in check and control hot flashes.
- CUT THE CAFFEINE: Caffeine-containing beverages stimulate production of the stress hormones that trigger hot flashes.
- LIMIT ALCOHOL: Some women find alcohol is another hot flash trigger.
- TURN DOWN THE HEAT: Heat in any form may trigger hot flashes. Turn your thermostat down, leave a window open, and avoid hot foods and beverages.
- WEAR NATURAL FIBERS: During a hot flash synthetic fibers trap heat and perspiration making it even more uncomfortable. Natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, will give your body more ventilation and keep it cooler by wicking moisture away from your body and cooling you naturally.
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