Women want natural remedies to treat the common symptoms of menopause, such as mood swings, hot flashes and insomnia.
In fact, many rely on herbs, foods instead of potentially risky hormone therapy. Because there is a lack of research on treatments for menopausal symptoms, advice from friends about possible treatments can be exhausting.
If you do not know how to deal with the symptoms, read the following tips.
Before using natural remedies, be sure to consult your doctor to make sure that they do not interfere with the medications that you, or if you are already using.
It is important to remember that natural does not mean safe. Many herbal supplements interact with prescription drugs or can adversely affect chronic medical conditions.
Before you decide to use alternative and additional medications for menopausal symptoms, consult your doctor and read about the possible side effects of any treatment you are considering. Natural approaches are not without risks, and the more you know, the better you will be able to make decisions that will keep you safe and healthy.
Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common complaints of menopausal women. Although estrogen is very effective in relieving vasomotor symptoms like these, there are alternative therapies that work quite well in some women. For example, the herb black cohosh is a dietary supplement derived from a butterfly plant. It has been used for centuries as a remedy for menstrual disorders and menopausal symptoms.
Studies have compared formulations of black cohosh, such as remifemine, with placebo and estrogen. The results varied somewhat, but many found that standardized black cohosh was just as effective as estrogen for certain symptoms, including hot flashes and mood swings. It can also be a great first choice if you want to try something other than estrogen to treat heat stroke.
Menopausal women have also found that flaxseed and flaxseed oil are very beneficial. They contain herbal estrogens and oils that are used as a remedy for chest pain and hot flashes. A small, early pilot study showed a significant improvement in the symptoms of hot flashes in women who used flaxseed daily.
Red clover is another herbal estrogen that some women find effective in reducing hot flashes. Studies show a very modest effect of red clover on the symptoms, but not negligible.
If you do not like the idea of taking supplements to treat menopausal symptoms, consider relaxation techniques and acupuncture to relieve the symptoms. Slow, gentle, deep breathing and progressive relaxation techniques have been shown to reduce heat waves by up to 60 percent.
Inhale slowly through the nose, counting to five. Then exhale slowly through your mouth, counting from five to one. If you practice this more often, you will be more fortunate with this technique. Start breathing like this as soon as you feel the waves.
Acupuncture seems to help with the symptoms of hot flashes. It is not clear whether this is due to acupuncture itself or to relaxation during treatment. One study suggests that actual acupuncture and “simulated” acupuncture had the same effect on symptoms. Either way, it may not hurt to try.
Meditation is another practice that can help treat the general symptoms of menopause, including mood swings. Taking time each day for short meditation sessions can subtly change your brain chemistry and reduce stress. Learning to meditate may be the best cure for menopause you have ever tried. It’s a small investment for a big payoff.
Mood swings are another major problem for women during menopause. Women describe themselves as “wanting to bite off someone’s head” or being “sad for no reason”. The more sensitive you are to hormonal changes, the more likely you are to notice some mood swings during menopause.
St. John’s wort has been shown to be good in studies examining mild to moderate depression in the general population and menopausal mood problems in some women. It has been studied and studied in Europe for many years and has gained popularity in the United States as an alternative to antidepressants.
Vitamin D plays a role in the moderation of many bodily processes. It is associated with the prevention of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and many other chronic diseases. It has also been shown to control mood in people who are deficient in this vitamin.
Finally, for many years, coffee was recommended for mood disorders. But recent research is increasingly showing evidence that it is toxic to the liver, so it is not recommended as a natural remedy for the symptoms of menopausal