"There is no more creative force in the world than the menopausal woman with zest"
There are many wonderful herbs to help women comfortably transition into their menopausal years. Both Western and Chinese herbs are available which mimic the hormonal effects of both estrogen and progesterone within the body. These herbs "trick" the body into thinking it's getting the hormones. If you suffer from any of the associated symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, lowered libido, memory issues, vaginal dryness, palpitations, night sweats, weight gain, depression and irritability- there are great herbs out there.
Here is a list of some easily accessible herbs.
Black cohosh- beneficial for hot flashes, insomnia, irritability, vaginal dryness, prolapsed uterus and bladder, phytoestogen effects.
Motherwort- beneficial for palpitations, hot flashes, sloughing of the lining, phytoestogen effects.
False unicorn- beneficial for vaginal and uterine atrophy, and menstral irregularities.
Wild yam- beneficial for muscle and menstrual cramps, prevents bone loss, regulates PMS and depression.
Vitex- benifical for water retention, depression, uterine fibroids, breast lumps, menstral flooding, and skin breakouts.
Dang gui- nourishes and build blood, hot flashes, irregular cycle, and vaginal dryness.
Nettles -helps with water retention, weight gain, strengthens bones (high in Calcium)
Oatstraw- relieves tension, nervousness, insomnia, and builds bones (high in Calcium)
Black haw- beneficial for menstrual cramps and pain, flooding or excessive bleeding.
Kava kava- beneficial for tension, anxiety, and insomnia.
Ginseng- beneficial for tiredness, poor memory and concentration, anxiety, insomnia, and low libido.
Asparagus root- helps strengthens female hormones
Solomon's seal- builds reproduction secretions and aids vaginal dryness.
Epimedium- helps with hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, dizziness, and light headedness.
Along with taking herbs it is important maintain certain dietary guidelines to help alleviate menopause symptoms naturally. I like to suggest proper protein intake, whole grains and legumes, consuming lots of fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits as well as other phytoestrogenic and calcium rich food and herbs.
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Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.
Jessica Morgan, M.H.