Effective Herbal remedies for menopause women
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Effective Herbal remedies for menopause women

Menopause -- also called "the change of life" -- is the ending of a woman's monthly menstrual periods and ovulation (the production of eggs). It also signals other changes to the body and mind, brought on in part because the body begins producing smaller amounts of the hormones estrogen and progesterone (among others). Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Every woman may experience menopause differently, nearly at almost the same age if it goes normally. Since menopause systems are very disturbing, all women should seriously consider a safe and natural menopause treatment. And what could be much safer than the traditional herbal approach! The usual symptoms a woman experience include both physical and emotional, such as dry vagina, dry mouth, bad taste, breasts tenderness, anxiety, sore or painful joints, irritability, insomnia, lapse in memory, unfounded fear, gastrointestinal problems, hair loss, depression, loss of libido, weight gain, irregular periods, itchy skin, mood swings, and change in body odor. Alternative treatments offer ways to ease or avoid some of the annoying symptoms of menopause. Additionally, osteoporosis and heart disease, whose risks increase with menopause, may be prevented with alternative methods

Menopause -- also called "the change of life" -- is the ending of a woman's monthly menstrual periods and ovulation (the production of eggs). It also signals other changes to the body and mind, brought on in part because the body begins producing smaller amounts of the hormones estrogen and progesterone (among others). Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

Every woman may experience menopause differently, nearly at almost the same age if it goes normally. Since menopause systems are very disturbing, all women should seriously consider a safe and natural menopause treatment. And what could be much safer than the traditional herbal approach!

The usual symptoms a woman experience include both physical and emotional, such as dry vagina, dry mouth, bad taste, breasts tenderness, anxiety, sore or painful joints, irritability, insomnia, lapse in memory, unfounded fear, gastrointestinal problems, hair loss, depression, loss of libido, weight gain, irregular periods, itchy skin, mood swings, and change in body odor.

Alternative treatments offer ways to ease or avoid some of the annoying symptoms of menopause. Additionally, osteoporosis and heart disease, whose risks increase with menopause, may be prevented with alternative methods.

Herbal Medicine for Menopause

Herbs that mimic female hormones or relieve symptoms ranging from fatigue to vaginal dryness offer a lot of promise to women during menopause. Several herbs contain natural plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) that are similar to but weaker than the estrogen hormone found in a woman's body. These herbs, including black cohash, false unicorn root, and licorice, are often prescribed to ease the troublesome symptoms of menopause.

How Do Herbs Work?

Herbs contain healing properties that help to alleviate a variety of health problems. Because herbs work to both prevent and treat a variety of illnesses, diseases and conditions, they treat an individual's overall physical and emotional health and not just a specific symptom.

Effective herbs:

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) infusion strengthens the nerves, helps reduce emotion distress, promotes sound sleep, keeps the bones and heart strong, and strengthens libido. The tincture is a stronger sedative but not nourishing to the bones and heart. Oats for breakfast is an excellent way to "take" this herb, but avoid pills and capsules. Oatstraw baths are exceptionally calming.

Nettle (Urtica dioica) infusion strengthens the adrenals, eases anxiety, increases energy, helps prevent night sweats, builds blood, protects bones and heart. Eating cooked nettle is another excellent way to gather its benefits, as is nettle vinegar. I avoid freeze-dried, encapsulated, or tinctured nettle, believing all these forms ineffective and over-priced.

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) -- tincture of the fresh flowering tops -- is a favorite with menopausal women, their daughters and their mothers. A few drops (up to 25 at a time) will calm emotions, relieve heart palpitations (and strengthen the heart), reduce the severity of hot flashes, increase vaginal lubrication, moderate and eliminate PMS and menstrual cramping. Motherwort vinegar is a fantastic tonic, and tasty, thank goodness. The tea is violently bitter and disliked by 99 out of 100 women, including me, yuck.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) any part, in any form -- is a superb strengthener for the liver, the control center for hot flashes. Dandelion improves digestion, especially of calcium, helps relieve headaches, and sees to it that the liver provides steady blood sugar supplies. Dandelion wine (from the blossoms) is the most elegant way to take this remedy, but the cooked leaves and vinegars (as well as the pickled parts) of the roots and/or leaves are also excellent nourishing digestives. The tincture, especially of the root, is considered the strongest medicine, but doesn't contain bone-building nutrients, so is less ideal than the other forms.

Mexican wild yam, provides a substance similar to another female hormone, progesterone. A modified extract of the yam is used instead of synthetic progesterone to treat irritability and other menopausal symptoms and even increase bone density, with few if any reported side effects. It's available in capsules, as an oil, and as a cream. (Most research now indicates that wild yam does not convert to progesterone in the body as was previously speculated, but the chemically converted extract seems effective.)

From another class of herbs is Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) -- a well-known energy tonic that can reduce irritability and fatigue associated with menopause. It's typically used in tincture or capsule form.

Evening primrose oil is often prescribed to lessen fatigue, hot flashes, and indigestion. The oil, made from evening primrose seeds, contains the essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid, which is given credit for reducing those symptoms. It's available in capsule form.

Other helpful herbs include:

  • chamomile and valerian root for insomnia
  • dandelion root, Oregon grape, and chastetree (vitex) for hot flashes
  • chickweed, cleavers, and valerian root for mood swings
  • aloe vera and calendula for vaginal dryness
  • An herbalist might prescribe, for example, a combination of Mexican wild yam, dong quai, licorice (in the absence of high blood pressure), alfalfa, and chastetree to reduce irritability triggered by menopause.

Sources: 'Herbshealing' and 'health.howstuffworks'

Useful links:

Herbal Remedies For Treating Menopause

Herbal Supplements for Menopause

Herbs for Menopause

* Home remedies for women

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very interesting and useful article..........thanks

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