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Herbs are Nature's Medicine?
Menopause and Herbs
Here is one source's suggestions for using ten natural herbs as one of the most effective approaches to manage the pain and plight of menopause symptoms. Menopausal symptoms can at times be extreme, and definitely hamper a productive and comfortable life routine. Most women find it easy to turn to hormone based medication, that some experts suspect, is likely to harm the body in an attempt to control this natural part of a woman’s fertility cycle. The best alternative to such hormonal therapies are natural and herbal therapies.
With the ever increasing trend to go organic and natural, combined with the social openness to discuss menopause, the number of natural options available for women to manage the menopausal symptoms have multiplied over the last few years.
Both phytoestrogenic herbs and nonestrogenic herbs can be used to alleviate the discomfort experienced during menopause. Phytoestrogenic herbs contain the compound phytoestrogen which is a lot similar to the estrogen produced by the human body while as their name suggests nonestrogenic herbs are devoid of this component. Here is a list of the top 10 herbs which can help you through this difficult period:
Black cohosh: Largely found in the regions of North America, Black cohosh is phytoestrogenic herb. Cohosh literally means ‘knobby rough roots’. It is more commonly known as rattleweed or snakeroot. Since it contains phytoestrogen, it makes up for the decline in the estrogen levels in a woman’s body during menopause. It is especially effective in treating hot flashes, night sweat, mood swings and depression.
Soy isoflavones: Commonly found in miso, tofu, tempeh and similar other food, Soy isoflavones is also phytoestrogenic herbs. Over the years women have been indulging in the practice of using soy isofavones to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Licorice root: Licorice root is a Chinese herb also known as shi gan cao found as a component in many Chinese medications. It has been studied to have an effect on serotonin uptake which helps treat mild depression in menopausal women.
Donq Quai: Dong Quai is usually usually found in the high altitude regions of Korea, Japan and China. It is a phytoestrogenic herb which is also known as the ‘female herb’. It has been used since centuries as part of Chinese medicine to stabilize female hormones and ease the discomfort caused during menopause.
Brazilian Red Propolis: The Brazilian Red Propolis is the magical herb which calms the mind and alleviates stress level. It is especially effective for women facing menopause as it helps them deal with irritability and mood swings.
Gingko Biloba: Gingko Biloba is a Chinese herb which has been traditionally used to help improve blood circulation. Its calming effect energizes the mind and helps a woman deal with the emotional stress caused during menopause. A regular intake of this herb is supposed to improve the mental strength of a person.
Vitex: Vitex is a phytoestrogenic herb grown in warm Mediterranean climate. Chinese monks have widely used this herb in their medical preparation. Owing to this, Vitex, is also more commonly known as Monk’s pepper. Vitex has an effect on the pituitary glands and helps stabilize hormone secretion. This property has made Vitex very popular with women dealing with menopause problems caused by hormonal imbalance.
Macafem: Macafem is a nonestrogenic herb, that is, it does not have the phytoestrogen component. It is largely grown in the Macau region of Peru. It regulates the hormones making a woman feel more energized. It regulates the entire endocrine system responsible for the production of hormones.
Ginseng: Ginseng is a popular herb widely acclaimed for its medicinal properties. More commonly used as a preventive medicine, Ginseng also helps a woman in her menopause deal with emotional stress, hot flashes and night sweats.
Red Clover: Red Clover is another common phtoestrogenic herb. Its unique coloring has also gained it mythological popularity as the herb worn by warriors to ward off evil and bring them good luck. This herb stabilizes the levels of estrogen in women during menopause alleviating the discomfort caused by hormonal imbalances.