How to Manage Early Menopause Symptoms with Effective Herbal and Natural Remedies ?
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How to Manage Early Menopause Symptoms with Effective Herbal and Natural Remedies ?

Herbal and home remedies are effective to manage many health conditions and symptoms like as menopause, early menupause or premature menopause. As herbal remedies offer better solution and relief from these health conditions, and having no or minimal side effect, more and more women worldwide now prefer alternative medicines or remedies. The average menopause age in the western world is 51 years and most women go through the menopause between 45 years and 55 years. Any younger than 45 years is termed an early menopause and before 40 years it is called a premature menopause. Early menopause refers to menopause -- i.e. total cessation of your periods for 12 months -- before the age of 45. According to the stats, 1 woman in 1,000 goes through early menopause while still under 30 years old, 1 in a 100 whilst under 40 and 5 in a 100 when they are under 45. The early or premature menopause

Herbal and home remedies are effective to manage many health conditions and symptoms like as menopause, early menupause or premature menopause. As herbal remedies offer better solution and relief from these health conditions, and having no or minimal side effect, more and more women worldwide now prefer alternative medicines or remedies.

The average menopause age in the western world is 51 years and most women go through the menopause between 45 years and 55 years. Any younger than 45 years is termed an early menopause and before 40 years it is called a premature menopause.  Early menopause refers to menopause -- i.e. total cessation of your periods for 12 months -- before the age of 45.

According to the stats, 1 woman in 1,000 goes through early menopause while still under 30 years old, 1 in a 100 whilst under 40 and 5 in a 100 when they are under 45.

The early or premature menopause symptoms may be hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and the risks of osteoporosis and heart disease  which are treated by taking hormone replacement therapy. Due to the many risks associated with HRT many women prefer to go for home or herbal remedies to get relief form early menopause symptoms. There are a number of vitamins, herbs and other nutrients that can help you manage your early menopause.

Note: Check with your doctor before taking any of these -- and, if you’re already taking any vitamins or herbs, be sure to tell her what you’re taking and the dosages.

  1. Soy: . Japanese women suffer fewer menopausal symptoms than their Western counterparts and this is thought to be due to the large amount of soy in their diet.  Rich in phytoestrogens, specifically isoflavones, cholesterol-free and containing protein, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, folic acid, iron and other vitamins and minerals, soy is one of your best bets to add to your diet to gain a wide range of health benefits when you’re in coping with premature ovarian failure or early menopause. More specifically, a number of recent studies have found that soy can help reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms. It can also help lower your cholesterol -- which often rises when you enter premature menopause -- and help your coronary blood vessels dilate, both of which are important in fighting heart disease. In addition, it may help lower triglycerides -- which often rise when you take estrogen. Finally, soy may help prevent osteoporosis. Studies have shown that soy isoflavones help cut down on bone resorption, keep calcium from leaching from your bones, and increases bone density and bone mineral content. It’s a good idea to aim for at least 25 grams of soy protein daily to help with symptoms. You can get soy from a variety of sources -- including soy milk, tofu, roasted soy nuts, tempeh, soybeans, even products that are made to taste like other foods (like soy hot dogs, soy cheese, and soy ice cream) One important note: High amounts of soy isoflavones can affect your thyroid, so if you have thryoid disease, speak with your doctor before using soy as a symptom reliever.
  2. Flaxseed: Another nutrient high in phytoestrogens (especially lignans), flaxseed also is high in omega-3 fatty acids -- a key helper in fighting heart disease. And, like soy, it’s a good all-round helper in your body. More specifically, because it’s high in phytoestrogens, flaxseed can help minimize symptoms like hot flashes. Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol. And other studies have shown that it also may help fight breast cancer and other cancers. It can help prevent heavy bleeding -- a common symptom when you’re first beginning to enter premature menopause and going through erratic periods. And, because it’s high in omega-3 acids, to may help ease symptoms like breast tenderness, cramping, and other PMS-like discomfort. You can get whole flaxseed at health food stores and grind it -- to sprinkle in cereal, smoothies, yogurt, salads, and so forth -- or buy flaxseed oil and/or high lignan flaxseed capsules, which are filled with ground flaxseed.
  3. Red Clover (available under the brand name Promensil) is another phytoestrogen which also is high in bioflavonoids. Like the other phytoestrogens, red clover has been shown to reduce hot flashes, help fight osteoporosis, and generally minimize other menopausal symptoms. But there have recently been other studies that found that it wasn't as helpful as initially believed. As with so many other supplements, the jury is still out.
  4. Black Cohosh: An herb that’s very popular to help cut down on hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, black cohosh may also help with cramps, heavy periods and other menstrual irregularities. Studies conducted using black cohosh have shown that it appears to be quite effective, especially for hot flashes. And some researchers believe it may help prevent osteoporosis and reduce bone resorption, although no long-term studies conducted on humans have substantiated this. Most studies recommend that you take black cohosh extract that contains either 20 or 40 mg twice a day -- and keep in mind that it may take two to four weeks before you notice results. One note: The German Commission E (which studies herbs) recommends that you take this no longer than six months, however, this was before more recent studies examining its toxic properties were conducted -- and thesefound that black cohosh appears to be safe for long term use. In addition, a recent study found that black cohosh might encourage the growth of breast cancer tumors, so if you're a cancer survivor speak with your doctor before trying this.
  5. Chasteberry (also known as Vitex agnus castus): This (like black cohosh) appears to act like a progesterone and has been used in Europe for many years to alleviate PMS symptoms as well as menopausal symptoms. It may help diminish both LH and FSH and appears to affect your pituitary function. Different studies have found that it reduced menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes and irregular bleeding. And it appears to be very helpful for breast tenderness, primarily because chasteberry suppresses prolactin production. Typically, it takes about three to four weeks notice results. One note, however: While chasteberry is widely used in Europe, there have been no double-blind placebo studies conducted on it.
  6. Evening Primrose Oil: A good source of GLA (gamma linoleic acid), evening primrose oil has been used by many women to help fight PMS symptoms -- many of which are the same as menopausal symptoms. It’s a good bet to help prevent bloating, water retention, breast tenderness, cramps and vaginal dryness.
  7. St. Johns Wort: If you’re finding yourself more easily depressed, St. Johns Wort may help. Widely touted as a natural tranquilizer, this herb helps relieve irritability, depression, and fatigue. Over 23 different studies have found that it’s effective in fighting depression -- which often affects women when their hormone levels plunge suddenly, such as after surgical menopause. But, keep in mind, that it can interact with other medications, including birth control pills. Ask your pharmacist for more information.
  8. Kava Kava: Another herb that appears to be a big help in reducing anxiety, fighting depression, and leveling mood swings, kava kava has been shown to be quite effective. One recent study found that women with menopausal symptoms taking 100 mg of kava kava three times a day reported a difference after only one week..
  9. Valerian: If you’re suffering from insomnia, a common symptom, valerian may help. It’s used widely in Europe to treat sleep disturbances, as well as for nervousness and menstrual problems. It’s also known as an anxiety reliever -- so may help with mood swings and tension.
  10. Dong Quai: Often used for hot flushes.
  11. Siberian Gingseng: Believed to increase oestrogen levels, boost energy and vitality, and reduce anxiety and tension.
  12. Chaste Tree: Also known as Agnus Castus this is a strong but slow acting herb, to be used with care. May be useful for hot flushes and mood swings.
  13. Wild Yam: Often confused with natural progesterone, wild yam roots can be used as a hormone balancer.

Alongwith these herbal or natural remedies with your doctor's advice you can add these vitamins, supplements or foods which contain a large supply of these vitamins to manage early menopause symptoms.

More studies for further information:

* Alternative Therapies And Herbal Remedies

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Good help with natural remedies. My doctor suggested special tea which were effective. Promoted since I am out of votes.

Good natural remedies... Well written and informative article.

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