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Menopause is not a disease. Its a temporary hormonal upheaval. You can get hormonal treatment and may develop a side effect such as cancer. Taking a few well selected herbs in well selected doses under the right administration by your naturopath may help you feel better. Excessive sweating, low sex drive, vaginal irritation, anxiety, depression, mood swings and other symptoms will disappear quickly. To learn more contact Express Healing for Menopause Natural Care Sydney wide.
Common Herbs Used for Menopause Symptom Relief
The following herbs are among the most commonly used remedies for relieving menopausal symptoms:
A relative of the buttercup, black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is probably the best-known herbal remedy for treating menopausal symptoms. The root of this plant contains phytoestrogens, which are key plant compounds that imitate the body’s own estrogen. Large-scale research studies have found it to be safe and effective. According to the North American Menopause Society, black cohosh may be helpful in easing hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, although its effects are usually short term (about six months or so). This herb has a long history of safe use, although in rare cases black cohosh may cause minor gastrointestinal upset. One note of caution: If you take a prescription medication for high blood pressure, check with your doctor because black cohosh may interact with it.
This perennial plant root has been used for more than a 1,000 years as a female reproductive tonic in China, Korea, and Japan. Its root also contains phytoestrogens. Traditionally, dong quai (Angelica sinensis) has been used to relieve menstrual complaints and PMS, but it is often included with other herbs, including black cohosh, ginseng, and chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) in products that help alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Although it’s not common, sensitivity to sunlight may result, so avoid direct sunlight or use sunscreen when taking dong quai.
Many people swear by flaxseed and flaxseed oil to relieve menopause symptoms. Preliminary research suggested that flaxseed was a potential treatment for hot flashes — claiming to cut the intensity by 57 percent — because it’s rich in estrogen-like plant chemicals called lignans. More recent studies, however, show that compared with placebo, flaxseed does not significantly reduce hot flashes. The same holds true for flaxseed oil, made from the extract of ground-up flaxseed.
Evening primrose oil.
This oil is extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose plant (Oenothera biennis) and contains an omega-6 essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid. Despite a lack of strong scientific evidence, many women find that a daily dose of 300 milligrams of this botanical decreases both the severity and the frequency of hot flashes and eases breast tenderness. Side effects may include nausea and diarrhea. Evening primrose oil has also been shown to interact with some prescription drugs and other herbal supplements, so be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking it.
Some compounds found in plant-based foods are thought to have weak estrogen-like effects, giving them the ability to help relieve hot flashes and night sweats. Soy phytoestrogens (isoflavones) can be found in their most complete form in foods such as tofu, soybeans, and soy milk rather than in a pill or powder. A high-soy diet has also been linked to stronger bones, especially in the first 10 years after menopause, when estrogen levels drop and rapid bone loss happens. It remains to be determined whether soy supplements can provide the same benefits as soy foods. One note of caution: Animal studies have shown that soy can stimulate the growth of breast cells. Women with a history of breast cancer should consult their doctor about using soy to relieve menopausal symptoms.