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How to handle Menopause? With Herbs & Supplements

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.

Herbal medicine can support women that may experience many different symptoms during the menopause.

Most of the symptoms can improve with the use of herbal remedies and nutrition.

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

How to handle Menopause?

Supplement for Menopause

B-COMPLEX

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

B complex deficiency may be related to the following symptoms: 

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

You can find B vitamins in a variety of foods, the body does not store B vitamins well, and they are especially important during menopause.

Plant sources of B vitamins: 

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

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.

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

Research has shown that Vitamin C can help to reduce the intensity and the number of hot flashes and provides antioxidant defence qualities. 2

In food, vitamin C found mainly in fruits and veggies.

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

Herbal Remedies to support Menopause

AGNUS CASTUS 

Also known: Vitex agnus-castus, also called 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.

Salvia officinalis found to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes and night sweat. 3

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

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

Sage helps to get it back into balance, and it works quickly.

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

BLACK COHOSH 

Latin name: Actaea racemosa, formerly Cimicifuga racemosa

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


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

Try natural solutions to support your body; they work gently and in synergy in the body.

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

 

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Pazit Azoulay is a certified naturopath based in London, member of the following regulatory bodies: NNA, CNHC and GNC.
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