Menopause is an unfortunate fact of life for women and the symptoms can last for years. Unfortunately, your doctor probably hasn’t been able to give you anything that actually helps many of your symptoms. If your doctor does prescribe you something, it’s usually some form of hormone therapy, which opens a whole new bag of side effects and unknown consequences.
There are some very effective ways to treat the symptoms of menopause naturally. Below are five best herbs to treat menopausal symptoms.
1. Black Cohosh
This herb has been used for hundreds of years and was even used by the Native American for stomach cramps, hot flashes, and other “female” issues. It has an extremely high safety rating and is easy to find in capsule and tablet form in your local grocery store.
This is an excellent choice for women who want to treat their hot flashes, but don’t want to turn to hormones or antidepressants. Black cohosh is believed to act similarly to serotonin in the brain, which means it is also great for those who may be dealing with mild depression or increased anxiety due to menopause.
2. Dong quai
Dong Quai or Angelica Sinensis, is recognized in China and the West for its ability to support and maintain the natural balance of hormones inside a woman’s body. It does not act like estrogen, eliminating the risks that come with alternative hormone therapy/medications. If you are bleeding heavily, do not take this herb as it does act like a blood cleanser and can increase your bleeding. If possible, combine dong quai in raw form with some chamomile for optimal results for hot flashes and cramping.
3. St. John’s Wort
This herb is useful in treating not only mood swings associated with menopause, but also anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. The dried leaves can be boiled and made into a tea. You can also find it in capsules or liquid form.
4. Red Clover
Red clover is full of isoflavones, which are plant-derived estrogens. Unlike the estrogen or other hormones your doctor may prescribe you, there will be very little to no side effects from these type of estrogens. Not only can red clover treat hot flashes and many other hormone-related symptoms of menopause, but there is promise that it may even encourage bone repair in women. Red clover extract can be found in your grocery or natural food store.
There are substances called lignans in flaxseed that are important modulators of hormone metabolism. Since so many issues associated with menopause are hormone-related, flaxseed can help alleviate many symptoms. It is especially useful or hot flashes and night sweats. Ground flaxseed is the best for menopausal women and can be easily ground in a coffee grinder. Use 1-2 tablespoons every day.
All in All
Menopause can be a confusing, frustrating, and humiliating time for many women. It doesn’t help that there are few prescriptions that can alleviate these symptoms without bringing on a new influx of different side effects. The herbs mentioned above are just a handful of the natural remedies that are used to treat menopausal symptoms. As always, check with your doctor or holistic practitioner before incorporating any new herb into your diet.