Natural Treatment For Menopause
There are a variety of natural treatments for menopause that help to relieve some of its more bothersome symptoms. This page will try and answer some of the questions concerned with the benefits/known side effects of natural treatments and herbs. It will also outline menopause´s causes, stages and symptoms to illustrate how natural treatments can work.
So, what is menopause?
Menopause is the progressive decline of a woman´s hormone levels, culminating in the final menstrual period of her life. It is a natural process where the decline in the production of estrogen reaches a point where menstruation ceases altogether. While a completely normal process (usually experienced in the late 40s, early 50s), during menopause women may suffer from symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, aches and pains, forgetfulness and depression. 70% of women will experience these symptoms.
Types of natural treatments for menopause
You can reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings night sweats, weight gain by using acupuncture pressure points.
There are two types of natural herb treatments used in combating menopause symptoms; phytoestrogenic herbs and non-estrogenic herbal supplements. The first group contains phytohormones (compounds similar to hormones), while the second group work by stimulating the body´s own hormonal production.
Phytoestrogenic natural treatments for menopause are plants containing herbal components called phytoestrogens, which have chemical structures similar to human estrogen.
Phytoestrogenic herbs can help people who are suffering from hormone related ailments, a they mimic the body´s own source of the estrogen hormone. Although phytoestrogens are found in all plants they commonly only appear in large doses in herbs such as black cohosh, ginseng, soy, red clover and dong quai.
According to research published by the Journal of the British Menopause Society, red clover supplements, used in controlled studies, have been shown to have a significant positive limiting effects on the incidence of hot flashes, one of the most common complaints experienced by perimenopausal and menopausal women. In one study, after eight weeks using red clover daily, participants experienced a 58% decrease in the number of hot flashes experienced and study participants also experienced a significant reduction in the severity of night sweats.
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Non estrogenic herbs
As the name would imply, non-estrogenic herbs do not contain a chemical structure similar to estrogen. While there are many varieties of non-estrogenic plants, only a very few non-estrogenic herbs have the nutrients that can stimulate the body into producing and balancing hormonal levels.
What natural treatments for menopause should I use?
Women going through menopause are increasingly turning to natural treatments for menopause as a way of improving their quality of life. There is much research to support the advantages of alternative remedies and herbs, but remember; only with a healthy body and lifestyle can one truly overcome the difficulties associated with hormone imbalance. To learn more about specific natural treatments for menopause click on the following link.