5 Natural Herbal Remedies For Menopause
Menopause? More like Meno-neverending, because I’m sure all my ladies out there will agree, sometimes it does feel like it goes on forever! Menopause is a significant change in a woman’s life and can affect them emotionally, mentally and physically. Most women experience hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, mood changes and memory disturbances.
If you’re like me and have tried and tested every possible medical solution for it, yet nothing seems to work, I highly recommend everyone give these 5 natural herbal remedies a try! It is so refreshing to finally find a natural solution that doesn’t involve any harsh chemicals!
1. Black cohosh (Cumicifuga racemosa)
One of the best-studied traditional herbs for menopause, black cohosh is used to help alleviate some symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. Black cohosh seems to work by supporting and maintaining hormonal levels, which may lessen the severity of hot flashes. Many women report that the herb works well but it isn’t effective for everyone. While any therapy that influences hormonal actions should be a concern, black cohosh does not appear to have estrogenic activity and thus may be safe for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer.
2. Dong quai
This perennial plant root has been used for more than 1,000 years as a female reproductive tonic in China, Korea, and Japan. Its root also contains phytoestrogens. Traditionally, dong quai (Angelica sinensis) has been used to relieve menstrual complaints and PMS, but it is often included with other herbs, including black cohosh, ginseng, and chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) in products that help alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Although it’s not common, sensitivity to sunlight may result, so avoid direct sunlight or use sunscreen when taking dong quai.
3. Red Clover
Red clover is used to treat a range of problems because it has many medicinal properties. These vary from the treatment of menopausal symptoms that occur in middle-aged women to problematic skin conditions. The isoflavones in red clover imitate estrogen and balance the body’s estrogen levels which ease menopause symptoms. Its health benefits are plentiful, but there are side effects too. The worst of these is the possible advancement of certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer.
Ginko is a brain stimulant that can help improve memory capacity and support cognitive function. It is a popular herbal remedy because of its beneficial effects in relieving some menopausal symptoms.
The chemicals found in Ginkgo leaves work as antioxidants, reducing the number of damaging particles in the body that can cause serious conditions such as cancer. Because Ginkgo is a phytoestrogen herb, it contains vegetable substances with a similar chemical structure to estrogen, and therefore restores hormone imbalance.
Ancient cultures around the world have been using ginseng for centuries. One of the main reasons ginseng is so popular is because it is a phytoestrogenic herb which means it contains human-like hormones that can help women suffering from the effects of hormone imbalance.
Another reason ginseng is often prescribed is due to its unique chemical properties. Ginseng is the only known herb that contains ginsenosides – a steroid-like compound that helps increase vitality, energy, and stamina.