The Chinese have used several herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms for centuries. Menopausal symptoms include hot flashes, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, vaginal dryness, night sweats, weight gain, mood swings, headaches and possibly decreased sex drive. Now, listen, every woman is different and every woman may not experience all of these symptoms all at once.
Most herbal remedies for menopause can be bought over the counter and you may have to try several before you find one that works for you. The ingredients come in different combinations and strengths so finding the right combination may take a while. So try to deal with the symptoms the best you can until you find the right one.
Black Cohosh is the main ingredient in all menopause herbal remedies and is an effective treatment for hot flashes, insomnia, and increased anxiety. Black Cohosh is derived from a species of buttercup. The studies are mixed as to the effectiveness of the herb on hot flashes. Other studies show that it is effective for the short-term relief of mild hot flashes and night sweats.
Soy products have isoflavones, which are phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). Soy products that are ingested, like soy milk and tofu, have been shown to be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms.
Flaxseed, ground or oil has omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, which act as phytoestrogens. Avoid whole flaxseed because it is hard to digest, but adding flaxseed oil or ground flaxseed has been shown to lessen hot flashes and as a bonus, it is also good for lowering your cholesterol.
Vitamin E applied topically to the vagina helps improve lubrication to relieve vaginal dryness and has also been shown to offer some reduction in hot flashes.
Red clover is used in combinations with Black Cohosh and contains phytoestrogens. Plant estrogens work like estrogen found in a woman’s body and are taken to regulate that specific hormone. It may also help alleviate hot flashes.
Dong Quai has been found effective as a treatment for night sweats and anxiety related to menopause.
Ginseng Root is used for a variety of reasons but in the treatment of menopausal symptoms, you may find it useful for relieving headaches and aiding in sleep.
Agnus Castus also referred to as Chaste Berry, assists the pituitary gland in balancing the hormones of your body.
St. John’s Wort has antidepressant qualities and may help regulate your mood swings. Trust me on this one, everyone in your family will be glad for this herbal remedy! Menopause is not only difficult for you to handle but you need to understand it is just as hard on the people who are important to you. Mood swings can be kinda scary sometimes and your family may just run away screaming.
Use caution when adding a supplement to your routine because some supplements may have adverse drug interactions with each other or other medications. Some may be unsafe due to certain medical conditions. Always consult your doctor prior to using them. Menopause is no picnic and the sooner it is over the better, although, symptoms may last up to ten years. I am not kidding. Ten years!