It is natural for every woman to face the menopause at some stage of life. It leads to many types of physical discomforts and emotional swings due to under production of the hormone estrogen. Women suffer from hot flushes, irritability, frequent mood swings, sleeplessness and sometimes depression of varying degrees. These can be treated by hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but very often women are reluctant to go for HRT dreading the possibility of cancer. HRT also involves high cost.
Effectiveness of herbal therapy
Most women opt for herbal therapies to get relief from menopausal symptoms because these are readily available and one does not need the doctor’s prescription. Time and again these natural herbs have been proven to be extremely safe and have been used for ages by millions of women to improve their health. These herbs also contain many other beneficial properties than the chemically produced drugs which are good for the general health. Moreover they are inexpensive and almost without any side effects.
1. Black haw has special clinical functions on the female reproductive system. It relieves of cramps, relaxes the muscles of the uterus and lowers the blood pressure. Its sedative properties also relax the nerves and helps in sleep.
2. Mother wort is traditionally used to treat all aspects of women’s reproductive health. As a hormone regulator it stimulates the muscles of the uterus relieving of the cramps. It reduces hot flush, anxiety and insomnia. Good for the heart it also lowers the blood pressure.
3. Nettle – This herb is rich in vitamins, iron, calcium and other nutrients. This herb alleviates many menopausal problems. Taking the dried leaves as tea or steaming and cooking the herb as vegetable gives wonderful results.
4. Chaste tree berry is a hormone regulator that acts on the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland and controls the progesterone levels. It reduces vaginal dryness, dizziness, hot flushes and depression in menopause.
5. Licorice roots also regulate the metabolism of estrogen by altering its levels according to the need. But this herb must be avoided by those suffering from hypertension.
6. Kelp and other seaweeds are rich in nutrients and so must be regularly included in the diet as it controls the emotional swings in menopause and also treats the pre menopause and other menopausal symptoms.
7. Siberian ginseng contains the progesterone and estrogen precursors and maintains the hormonal balance. It increases the energy level and stamina during menopause.
Besides the above mentioned herbs there are many other herbs available to treat menopausal symptoms and they do give the best results. But women approaching menopause also at the same time must adjust their life styles by including some physical workouts and excluding some harmful food to remain hale and hearty throughout the life.