We’ve all heard the jokes about menopause. The similarities to the 7 dwarves with the new names of Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Bloated, Psycho and whatever other symptoms fit the bill.
And of course, the joke about all female problems start with MEN: menopause, menstruation, mental anxiety etc, etc. However, one thing menopause is not, is a joke!
The last couple of months I’ve had an increase in people contacting me about night sweats, mood swings, poor sleep. All menopause related. So, I thought an article about natural remedies to help with menopausal symptoms was long overdue.
Menopause and the Role of Herbal Medicine
Many women opt for the HRT route. Sometimes they are apprehensive about taking this step but know of no other options. I’m often surprised by how little women realise herbal medicine can help with the menopause.
Research is expensive and, for the main part, carried out by pharmaceutical corporations. However, in 2007, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) actually conducted research into treatment of menopausal symptoms by qualified herbal practitioners.
Most studies are of single herbs. The NIMH research looked at actual clinical practice and was ground breaking. The research showed the treatment by medical herbalists can reduce menopausal symptoms. Some particularly effective symptom treatments were raising libido, reducing hot flushes and night sweats.
It is quite a complex issue to write about in one little article. This is largely due to the fact that no two women have exactly the same symptoms, in fact they can vary widely. We are all individuals.
Natural Remedies to Help with Menopausal Symptoms
So where to start? As a traditionally trained medical herbalist, the synergy of all constituents within a plant, or plant part, is most important. That being so, I am not in favour of ‘herbal supplements’ such as capsules sold in health food stores. My training was in the whole plant and not an extract of individual ‘active’ constituents. As a result, I only recommend herbal teas, tinctures, and other naturally made products with the plant rather than a so called active constituent or standardised extract.
Over the next few weeks several articles posted will include menopausal symptoms such as those listed in the cloud box above. Please check back regularly to learn about natural remedies to help with menopausal symptoms.
Also if there is a particular menopausal symptom you would like natural remedy advice for please feel free to add a comment to this post.
Some of the posts written including natural remedies to help with menopausal symptoms:
- Nutritional Factors to Help with Menopausal Symptoms
- Natural Remedies to Help with Hot Flushes or Flashes
- Natural Remedies to Help with Menopausal Itching
The following are medicinal plant profiles including indications for menopausal symptoms: