Menopause is a condition which occurs in every woman’s life when her menstruation finally stops and the body goes through certain changes which no longer allow her to get pregnant. It usually occurs between the ages of forty five to fifty five. If you don’t have periods for one year, it is considered that the phase of menopause has started.
There are several herbal products which claim to help in menopausal symptoms. Some of them are listed below:
Herbal Remedies For Treating Menopause
Soy and Isoflavones
Both are estrogens which are found in soybeans. If isoflavones is taken in high quantity, it proves to be effective in getting relief from hot flashes and night sweats. If you take it for more than 2 years, then it is a good supplement for cholesterol and bones.
But if the intake of soy and isoflvones has been in extraordinary quantity, it may react with estrogen and can be harmful especially for those women who have a history of estrogen dependent breast cancer.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is also known as Nature’s Prozac. This drug gives an anti-depressant effect, but if you compare it with other anti-depressants, it is much better as it doesn’t have any side effects.
If you are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and some depressive symptoms at the menopause, then it is advised to take this drug. But don’t take it with other anti-depressants drugs as it can cause rashes on your body during sunlight.
Black Cohosh is effective for six months and helps in getting rid of hot flashes and night sweats which women generally experience at the start of menopause.
It is available as tincture which means as drops to put into water and also as tablets known as MenoHerb.
Evening Primrose is mostly known for dealing with breast pain. Earlier it was available as EFFAMAST or EPOGAM, but now you can buy it as Evening Primrose oil or Borage oil.
In each capsule, you can get great amount of gamma linoleic acid and after taking it for two months, you can reduce its dose. It will give you relief from breast pain and mood swings, but won’t be of any help if you experience hot flashes. There are some side effects related to the intake of evening primrose and the most commonly experienced are headache, nausea and skin rashes.
Various type of ginseng is available in the market and some of the most popular are Siberian, Korean and American which give you relief from stress and also help in increasing immunity however; it doesn’t help in getting relief from hot flashes.
These are basically used as tranquillizers and help in sleeping. There are certain reports which have focused on the fact that withdrawal from valerian root may result in heart problems and delirium so, one should always consult her health care provider before taking this herb.
There are lots of herbal medicines available, but the licensed products are very few in the market. It depends on you if you trust the herbal medicines, then you must go for it.