If you are one of the millions of perimenopausal women who are suffering through the unpleasant symptoms of perimenopause or menopause you know it can be near unbearable. Hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness are only a few of these symptoms that we are plagues with. Thankfully there is relief from these discomforts through herbal remedies.
Herbal remedies or the use of herbal medicine has been use by various cultures and traditions for centuries. Tribes from Africa, Asia and the Indians of North America have all been using herbal remedies to cure everything from heartburn and toothache to the symptoms of menopause. These remedies are available to us still today and are just recently being studied by scientists and the medical community. You may be curious to know what herbs may be helpful in finding relief from your menopause symptoms. Below nine of the most well known herbs are listed and a description of what each herb assists with is listed.
Herbs that assist in the relief of typical menopause symptoms:
- Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) contains isoflavones which are organic compounds which act as phytoestrogen in mammals. Phytoestrogen is a chemical produced by plants that is identical as the estrogen produced by mammals.
- Black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) is an herb that effects the regulation of hormones.
- Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is a hormone regulator that specifically affects progestron.
- Ginseng (Korean or Chinese) is an aid for concentration, energy and is said to be an aphrodisiac.
- Liquorice or licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is useful as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmadic.
- Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) is an herb that assists in regulation of the Endocrine gland, which is similar to the nervous system.
- Garden sage (Salvia officinalis) contains a natural source of estrogen.
- Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) affects the pituitary gland that is one of the major endocrine glands.
- Soybean or Soya bean that assists with menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.
These herbs are found in most over the counter menopause capsules. They are easily available, but it is advised that if you are considering the use of herbal remedies, consult your physician prior to beginning an herbal regimen. Like all medications, herbal remedies have their own risks and side effects. Some herbs affect blood pressure while others affect the level of iron and can cause heavy menstrual bleeding. It’s understood that the discomfort of menopause symptoms effect women both mentally and physically. This is why it is that much more important to be cautious of what treatments you use to provide symptom relief.
Take your time in choosing herbal therapy. Do some research online or at your local library. This will allow you a better understanding of these herbs and of the changes your body is experiencing. Menopause can be a frustraiting and even frightening time in a women’s life. If you arm yourself with knowledge, menopause will be just another phase, and this to shall pass. After you have done your studying, you’ll be well prepared to speak to your physician and possibly begin your herbal remedy regimen.