Menopause is a natural phenomenon that takes place in women between the ages of 45-50 where the natural menstrual cycles cease permanently. The body has to then cope with loss of hormones like estrogen and progesterone and faces some problems owing to the decrease in hormone levels in the blood.
There are some herbs that can help you in controlling the different problems that one may face during menopause naturally without artificial chemical intervention.
13 Effective Herbs For Menopause
Curcuma Comosa is an herb that belongs to the ginger family. It is widely found in the northern parts of Thailand and is hailed as the “magic herb” for it successfully restore the level of hormones in he female body. One of very disturbing results of natural hormonal loss from the body is the occurrence of hot flashes and night sweats.
This herb balances out the levels of the female hormones and stops the problems faced and even boosts you up with energy. It is found capsule as well as liquid form and can be ordered online.
In scientific terms black cohosh is known as cimicifuga racemosa. Black cohosh is a phytoestrogen. It works directly on the uterus and alleviates uterine muscle cramps and relieves one off hot flashes also. It has anti-rheumatic properties and can help in problems linked with cholesterol or blood pressure. The dried roots of the herb are used to make capsules and tinctures.
The dose for capsule or tablet is about 250gm, atleast 4 times a day. If you prefer tinctures, take in ½ teaspoon, atleast twice a day.
The flower heads in dried form and fresh plant are utilized to treat symptoms of menopause. Isoflavones present in red clover has estrogenic effects and should be made part of daily diet. It has a plant estrogen called coumestrol which can easily stimulate the ovaries.
Red clover can restore normal bodily functions and is an excellent herbal remedy for cysts present in the ovary. You can take red clover tea, atleast 4 cups a day. It may also be taken in 1000mg capsule form. Tinctures of red clover may be ingested daily twice a day in doses of 1 ½ teaspoon only.
Salvia offinalis is the scientific name for sage. Sage leaves in both dries and fresh form can be utilized. Sage contains plant estrogens that work in the female body and can diminish hot flashes and reduce the intensity of night sweats. The best way to use sage is in form of herbal tea.
Have about 3-4 cups of sage tea daily. You may also take 1 ½ teaspoon of tincture about three times a day. Another way to take this herb is by adding freshly chopped sage leaves to your salads or vegetable broths.
The dried rhizomes and roots of licorice are used to combat menopausal problems. It has wonderful estrogenic effects and can help control common problems associated with menopause. You must be careful not to take licorice regularly if you suffer from high blood pressure but on the other hand if you have low blood pressure, licorice will help you out.
The suitable way to take in licorice is by adding it to your herbal tea. To stop hot flashes you may take a 1000mg tablet for quick results or have a licorice tea. Tincture may also be taken twice daily in small doses of 1 teaspoon.
Dong Quai is also known as Angelica sinensis.The roots of this herb have high levels of plant estrogen called phytoesterols. All problems related to low levels of the hormone estrogen can be controlled by taking ½ teaspoon of dong quai tincture or 500mg tablets, two times a day.
This capsella herb can stimulate the pituitary and also regulate it. It normalizes progesterone levels in the body. If taken before menopause it can control the pre-menopause problems like spotting or excessive bleeding. Menopausal symptoms can be combated by taking this in tablet form.1/4 or ½ teaspoon of the tincture may be taken.
It is one of the most pleasant herbs. Raspberry fruits and leaves in both fresh and dry form can be used as phytoestrogenic herbs. They can tone and strengthen the uterine muscles and can correct any prolapsing organs. The best form to take this is by drinking 2-3 cups of raspberry tea. You can also have it as capsules or tincture (1 teaspoon) thrice daily.
Wild yam is known as Dioscarea villosa. It is a really strong estrogenic herb used worldwide by women with menopausal problems. It has progestogenic properties. It also relieves one from menopausal arthritis. Capsules of the dried extract about 1000mg should be taken twice daily. If you’re taking the tincture form, take ½ teaspoon twice daily.
True Uniform Roots
True uniform roots have estrogenic properties. It also stimulates the female genitals. It is a bitter herb that also has mild sedative properties. Take 2 tablets or capsules about 500mg-1000mg daily. Tinctures should be taken in doses of ½ teaspoon, two times a day.
The dried fruits of saw palmetto have been used by menopausal women to help control hot flashes and prevent urinary tract infection. It acts as an astringent diuretic herb that treats prolapse of the pelvic organs by strengthening them and prevents water retention in the body. Saw palmetto fruit extract can be found in capsule, tablet and tincture form. Tablets must be taken twice daily in doses of 1000mg-2000mg. ½ teaspoon of tinctures should be taken atleast two times a day.
St. Johns Wort
St.johns wort is known as Hypericum perforatum in scientific terms. Menopause induces depression and mood swings in females. This herb can be used to treat depression and anxiety and is also known for its sedative properties. Take about 500mg in capsule form 3 times a day.1 teaspoon of the herb tincture must also be taken 2-3 times a day.
The root of ginseng has phytoestrogenic properties. It helps to tackle many problems associated with menopause. It gives strength the adrenal glands, boosts energy and controls blood pressure levels. Menopause also induces both physical and mental fatigue and this herb helps to combat quite effectively. You can have it in tea form 3-4 times a day. Tablets and capsules must be taken in a dose of 3000mg-4000mg, once daily.