Menopause- Herbs & Supplements to help you cope with the symptoms.

How to handle Menopause? With Herbs & Supplements

Natural medicines may be of benefit in reducing menopause symptoms.

These symptoms include stress, hot flashes, sleep problems, mood disorders, weight gain, and declines in cognitive functioning. 

Herbal Medicine has been known since ancient times to support women health!

Already in the first century, Dioscorides (Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist) wrote in the “De Materia Medica” about several plants that can be beneficial for treating menopause.

Learn more about menopause and natural remedies on Part 1 of this article.

Menopause

Supplement for Menopause

B-Complex Vitamins:

B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play essential roles in cell metabolism.

B vitamins, in general, are cofactors for the enzymes that are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. They play an essential role in maintaining the functions of the nervous system. [1]

The Symptoms that can appear in Vitamin B Deficiency:

  • stress 
  • low energy
  • severe mood swings
  • irritability
  • tension
  • anxiety
  • depression 
  • abnormal bone mineral density

B vitamins are especially essential during menopause. 

The most common cause of the deficiency of vitamin B compounds in menopause is an inadequate intake.

You can find B vitamins in a variety of foods. 

Plant sources of B vitamins: 

Whole grains, beans, green leafy vegetables (high in folate-vitamin B9).

The body does not store B vitamins well, so foods that contain B vitamins should be eaten on daily based.

Vitamin C  

Vitamin C can reduce hot flushes and is needed for your body to produce collagen, a significant part of the bone matrix, helping to keep your bones healthy. [2]

Vitamin C also helps to maintain the elasticity of the tissue in your skin.

In food, vitamin C found in fruits and vegetables.

Magnesium  

Magnesium has a calming effect on the body; it can be helpful for insomnia, restless sleep, feeling anxious, stress and tense, it also supports healthy bones and helps if you are suffering from muscle cramps.

Read more about MAGNESIUM here.


Natural Herbal Remedies for Hot Flashes

Agnus Castus 

Also known: Vitex agnus-castus, Vitex, chaste tree, chaste berry, Abraham’s balm.

Vitex agnus-castus is known to use for relieving PMS, menopause symptoms and infertility issues.

At the perimenopause state, Vitex can help with period pain, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability.

Sage

Latin name: Salvia Officinalis.

Recommended if you suffer from hot flashes and night sweats. [3]

Hot flashes and night sweats occur before and during menopause because of changing hormone levels, including oestrogen and progesterone, affecting the body’s temperature control.

Hot flashes may vary from person to person, and it is also related to the following:
drinking alcohol, caffeine, eating of spicy foods, high temperatures, wearing tight clothing and smoking. [4]

Try to drink sage tea, or it is available as tincture or capsules. 

Black Cohosh 

Latin name: Actaea racemosa, formerly Cimicifuga racemose.

Black cohosh can help to reduce hot flashes and other symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Extensive clinical research shows that it’s effectively taken around the menopause.

A study from 2005 checked the changes in subjective symptoms of menopause in 2016 Hungarian women (age 40-65) who took black cohosh, and it has been useful with hot flashes, sweating, insomnia, and anxiety. [5]

Dong Quai

Latin name: Angelica sinensis.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this herb known as a woman’s tonic.

Dong Quai has been named “female ginseng” because of its use for various health conditions including dysmenorrhea and menopausal symptoms.

It can help to regulate oestrogen levels – whether they are too high or too low – strengthening the uterus, improving uterine tone and regulating the menstrual cycle.

Maca

Latin name: Lepidium meyenii.

Maca works by promoting optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the pituitary, thereby improving the function of all the endocrine glands.

In studies, Alkaloids in the Maca root produced fertility effects on the ovaries and testes of rats. The Alkaloids were acting on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, which may explain why the effects in humans are not limited to ovaries and testes, but also acts on the adrenals, giving a feeling of greater energy and vitality and on the pancreas and thyroid as well. [6]


In conclusion,

There are many ways to support the hormonal changes that you might experience during menopause. 

Why not trying natural solutions to support your body; they work gently and in synergy in the body. I recommend you to consult with your doctor before taking supplements and with naturopath, nutritional therapist or herbalist, that can recommend individual specific remedies. 

If you have any questions, you can contact me HERE.

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