Menopause Remedies

 

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Menopause is a normal part of our cycle of life when a woman stops ovulating and menstruating. Far from being a disease, rather it is a time of empowerment, wisdom, freedom and potential. Whilst some women can go through the menopause with very few symptoms, others suffer terribly with the following symptoms:

 

  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Worrying thoughts & Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Depression & mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Slowing metabolic rate & weight gain
  • Loss of muscle & skin tone
  • Loss of bone density
  • Loss of libido
  • Breast cysts

 

The main hormones involved in the menopause are oestrogen, progesterone & testosterone.

 

Oestrogen

 

  • Promotes the development of female secondary sex characteristics (how they differ from men apart from sex organs) namely, breast formation, smoother skin, less facial hair, more subcutaneous fat and wider hips.
  • Plays an important role in maintaining strong bones by enhancing calcium absorption
  • Keeps skin soft and elastic
  • Keeps body’s temperature balanced
  • The vagina, uterus, bladder, heart and brain all contain oestrogen receptors and oestrogen plays a vital role in their normal functioning.
  • Helps regulate the monthly female cycle
  • Is the most prominent female hormone
  • Keeps the bladder healthy
  • Relaxes blood vessels in the heart offering protection against heart attack
  • Protects arterial walls from fat and cholesterol buildup by raising the levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol and lowering the levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
  • Is made mainly by the ovaries.

 

Progesterone

 

  • Mainly works to counteract oestrogen and keep it in check
  • Prepares the lining of the uterus to receive the egg released during ovulation and to prepare the body for pregnancy and maintaining pregnancy if fertilisation occurs.
  • Contributes to libido

 

Testosterone

 

  • Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands.
  • Helps maintain muscle and bone strength
  • Contributes to sex drive or libido

 

The level of these hormones begins to decline a few years before menopause literally preparing the body for menopause. This period is called perimenopause and can start around the age of 30. At the beginning, few symptoms are noticed however as the years go on the symptoms above become apparent (45-50) until eventually, menstruation stops.

 

My recommended top herbs for Menopause:

 

The best way to treat menopausal symptoms is to combine herbs, homeopathic remedies, cleansing and supplements to help strengthen bones and supply the body with plants rich in phytoestrogens, natural progesterone and testosterone and to control symptoms with homeopathic remedies.

 

Red Clover: Red Clover is rich in estrogenic-like compounds being the only plant containing all four major estrogenic isoflavones (Formononetin, Biochanin-A, Daidzein and Genistein). Studies have shown red clover to reduce hot flushes, help increase bone density and discourage the growth of benign cysts in the breasts. Whilst oestrogen supplements can encourage the growth of cysts in the breasts, the phytoestrogens in red clover do not affect the breast cells in an adverse way, in fact, the phytoestrogens attach to breast tissue offering protection.

 

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa): is specifically used for its beneficial effects on menopausal symptoms. The isoflavones in Black Cohosh have been shown to bind to oestrogen receptor sites. They also contain B-vitamins and Vitamin A. Studies have shown black cohosh to help with many of the symptoms of menopause in particular including night sweats, hot flushes, vaginal dryness and insomnia.

 

Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis): Strictly speaking not a phytoestrogen, dong quai does not act as a hormone in the body instead it increases the effects of hormones by sensitising oestrogen receptor sites and therefore encouraging the uptake of oestrogen.

 

Damiana:  Damiana is well known for its aphrodisiac effect and whilst its exact mode of action is not well understood it thought that Damiana has the ability to weakly bind to progesterone receptors which in turn help increase libido. It is also helpful for depression and anxiety associated with the menopause.It is thought this is mainly due to a volatile oil called terpenes which may or may not have activity similar to pheromones.

 

Sage -Approved in Germany as herb suitable for excessive sweating, studies have shown sage to have reduced sweating by 50%. It is thought his action may be due to the weak oestrogenic action of sage as well as its volatile oils.

 

Oats- is the number one nerve tonic and brain food. It helps reduce exhaustion, stress and worry. It is also great to help come off stimulants.

 

Agnus castus- A great hormone balancer, Agnus Castus contains several constituents that work by normalising the pituitary gland which helps regulate the balance of hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

 

Liquorice- studies have shown liquorice to reduce hot flushes and help with symptoms of menopause.

 

I’ve made a combination of these in one bottle as a tincture (Menopause Tincture) to help anyone going through the symptoms. 15 drops either directly on the tongue or in a small amount of water.

 

Many of these herbs are also in my Menopause Capsules which really help each person through the symptoms.

 

Detox:

 

Detox is important for everyone but especially during the menopause. Cleansing and supporting the body during menopause is essential and will ease a lot of symptoms as well as give energy and rejuvenate.  My 10 Day Detox Kit is ideal, easy to follow and very effective. This should be done four times a year, January, Spring (March/April), Summer (June), Autumn (September/October).

 

detox kit 

 

Homeopathic remedies:

 

Homeopathy is very effective in treating the symptoms of Menopause. It is always best to consult a homeopath in order to ensure the remedies you are taking are correct. The following combination, however, has given me excellent results to help control symptoms such as hot flushes, irritability & insomnia.

 

Pulsatilla, Sanguinaria, Sepia, Lachesis, Avena 6c –  take 2 pills once a day or more often if needed alongside your supplement and tincture.

 

Pulsatilla

 

Top Foods for Menopause:

 

Box Xenoestrogens are environmental chemicals with estrogen-like activity found throughout the environment, cosmetics (parabens), as by-products of pesticides, herbicides and the synthetic hormones routinely fed to animals.They also come from petrochemicals found in the coating inside canned food and other plastics  Once inside the body, xenoestrogens can disrupt the ‘normal’ mechanisms of the reproductive cycle, leading to oestrogen dominance. It is important to eat an organic diet and use organic cosmetics.  Researchers are beginning to postulate that diets rich in plant-derived oestrogens, particularly from legumes, may help to modulate the body’s hormonal fluctuations at menopause. Women with a history of breast cancer should avoid high intake of soy products, as the naturally occurring oestrogens in soy may contribute to the development of some types of breast cancer.

 

Salmon or Oily fish – Rich in fatty acids.

 

Soya – Another important nutrient is soya (soy), which is known as a mild oestrogen regulator. When the phytoestrogens in soy connect to oestrogen receptor sites, they block the uptake of the aggressive types of oestrogen. When we review the epidemiological evidence of those cultures that enjoy soy-based diets, there’s an incredibly low incidence of menopausal symptoms as well as cancer and other degenerative illnesses. A word of caution though, soya should only be used in moderation and only occasionally in its fermented state (The soya bean itself contains an enzyme that can interfere with protein metabolism). Soya can have a detrimental effect on the thyroid gland so it should not become a daily stable substituting milk or dairy, instead, it should feature occasionally and moderately.

 

Fennel, Celery & Parsley- All contain phytoestrogens

 

Sesame seeds- Rich in calcium, magnesium & zinc

 

Flax seeds- Rich in Essential fatty acids and fibre.

 

Green leafy vegetables-  Rich in nutrients calcium & magnesium

 

Red, orange & yellow fruit & veg – Full of vitamins & minerals beneficial for the system

 

Whole grains- Rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc & B6.

 

Yoghurt- High in calcium for strong bones.

 

Olive Oil-  rich in vitamin E

 

 

Foods to avoid:

 

Coffee & Tea: Will cause further anxiety/stressful symptoms in the body.

 

Non-Organic Meat & dairy :full of growth hormones & pesticides.

 

Alcohol & sugar: Cause magnesium to be lost further and cause inflammation.

 

Sodas: Carbonated drinks: can strip calcium from the body and are high in sugar.

 

Saturated and hydrogenated fats: Limit saturated fat intake from meats to once or twice a week in order to help lower cholesterol. Check labels for hydrogenated fats.

 

Processed and artificial ingredients.

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