Herbs for Menopause Relief
Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs and menstruation ceases. This can begin at any age from late 30s onwards, but typically it occurs in your early 50s.
It can also be the result of surgical intervention - a full hysterectomy when the ovaries are removed as well as the womb.
It can drag on for a few months or years and some women feel quite ill, while others sail through with no problems.
There’s no way of telling which you’re going to be until it happens.
Nor will what your mother, aunt or sister went through necessarily be an indication of how you’ll be.
The menopause isn’t a disease, but it can have some unpleasant symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness, mild depression and irritability.
You may not want to use chemical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) but that is no reason to suffer and be uncomfortable.
There are many natural supplements and natural herbs for menopause relief you can try.
To lessen hot flushes, night sweats, depression and vaginal dryness try black cohosh (40 mg twice a day) chasteberry (100 mg once a day) and Siberian Ginseng (100 to 300 mg a day)
Add a calcium and magnesium supplement to help your bone density. 600 mg calcium and 300 mg magnesium. Try and find a supplement that has 10 mcg of Vitamin D included as it helps the body to absorb the calcium.
Try this combination for eight weeks and see if it eases your symptoms.
If you feel you need further herbs for menopause relief, things are improving, but you could be better, then add some dong quai (200 mg 3 times a day). However, be cautious as it may make you more sensitive to sunlight and cause sunburn in situations where you used to be OK.
Dong quai is normally used in combination with other herbs.
In recent research, it was shown to have no better effect than a placebo in reducing menopause symptoms, but it was used in isolation in that study.
In Asia, where it’s used widely, it’s understood that it supports and enhances other herbs and is not used alone.
You should consider taking calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D even if you’re taking HRT. The combination will help protect you from osteoporosis.
There is no reason you shouldn’t continue with a maintenance dose of this for the rest of your life. When you are over 65, change from calcium carbonate to calcium citrate – you may lack sufficient stomach acid to absorb the carbonate.
See your doctor prior to taking supplements if you are at high risk of heart disease or osteoporosis or if your symptoms are not relieved by the natural remedies after eight weeks or so.
If you can, avoid alcohol, chocolate, coffee and spicy foods. These can raise your temperature and make symptoms worse. You don’t have to – but if you could cut back, or just have a treat from time to time, you might feel better.
Exercise regularly. 30 minutes, 3 times a week would be a good start, but anything’s better than nothing.
Walking is easy, you've been doing it all your life, it gets you out in the fresh air and that gives you a boost.
Build it up gradually, if you need to. Start with 5 minutes away from home and then turn round and go back. Increase your outward journey to 15 minutes.
A bit of light weight work will help your bone density.
This is the time of life when you should be enjoying the fruits of your labor.
Your children will have left home, the mortgage is nearly paid, grandchildren are on the horizon, as is the prospect of retirement – maybe travel, either in your own country or abroad. You've still got useful years left.
The last thing you want is to be feeling tired, miserable, uncomfortable and unhappy – you want energy to live and enjoy yourself.
You don’t have to resort to manufactured chemicals to help yourself – try these combinations of herbs for menopause relief, supplements, minerals and vitamins to ease you through 'the change'.The Herb Guide › Herbal Remedies › Herbs for Menopause Relief