Menopause is a troubling period for most women in the age group of 45-50. The symptoms of menopause, even if it is a temporary phase can be very distressing as it can take away your energy and leave you completely exhausted and unhappy. Menopause symptoms are normally treated with hormone replacement therapy.
Though the procedure is most effective, it does have side effects that can be life threatening. Here are some simple and natural ways by which the troubles of menopause can be masked and normal life sustained until the symptoms vanish and you are back to normalcy.
Herbal Remedies for Menopause
The seeds of carrots are known to be a sure cure for menopause symptoms. Rich in many vitamins and minerals like vitamin A,E,B,C,K F, and potassium, sulphur, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus etc. they are extremely beneficial for the body.
For preparing a decoction with carrot seeds, take a tablespoon of carrot seeds and soak in cowl’s milk for ten minutes. Boil the milk along with the carrot seeds, simmering it for ten to fifteen minutes. Strain the carrot seeds and drink the milk in the morning. This will help relieve the symptoms to a great extent.
Rich in iron, folic acid, vitamin A,C,B, calcium, chlorophyll, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus etc. beet juice too is a wonderful and nutritious vegetable juice that will help menopause women get through symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats etc. Extract the juice from beetroot and drink 60 ml twice a day for a symptom free menopause.
Flax seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and phytoestrogens called lignans, which help in treating the estrogen deficiency, that crops up during menopause. Intake of flax seeds can significantly reduce the symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats and also prevent inflammatory diseases like osteoporosis and heart diseases which women are prone to after menopause. Take a teaspoon of flax oil or grind half a teaspoon of flax seeds and consume it with salads or other food to keep away from menopause symptoms.
During menopause, women have to deal with reduces estrogen and progesterone levels in the body and symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, headaches etc. crop up frequently. For balancing the estrogen and progesterone levels in the body and also for reducing the severity of the symptoms, wild yam is a natural remedy that can be used without any side effects. Wild yam contains phytoprogesterones that act in the form of progesterones and this will help relieve the symptoms of menopause. Wild yam cream can be massaged on to the abdominal area for fast results. Wild yam supplements too are available for consumption.
Dong Quai is a Chinese herb that is used extensively for treating progesterone deficiency in menopausal women. Progesterone deficiency can cause osteoporosis, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, hot flashes etc.
Dong quai has many essential nutrients and also contains plant based estrogen and flavonoids that can help menopause women deal with the symptoms effectively. Take two tablespoon of the fresh root extract or 3-6 grams of dried dong quai root every day.
Black cohosh is known to be an estrogenic herb which means that it contains plant based phyto estrogens that mimic the estrogen in a woman’s body. Taking black cohosh will therefore act as a supplement for balancing the estrogen deficiency in the body during menopause. This will prevent vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and episodes of depression as well.
Take one tablespoon of black cohosh powder and boil it with a cup of water. This can be taken as a tea every day. Seek the help of a herbal practitioner for the right dosages.
Licorice helps in dealing with estrogen deficiency in women undergoing menopause. Licorice has phytoestrogens that can combat the deficiency and relieve the menopausal women off many symptoms like hot flashes and insomnia. Licorice root powder has to be dried for this purpose and a teaspoon can be taken every day for great relief.
Stress and anxiety are symptoms that crop up along with menopause. This can directly affect your sleep quality and general health as well. Indian spikenard is known to be a nerve relaxant and therefore good for treating anxiety and stress related disorders that crop up during menopause. Generally, the recommended dosage is 2 milligrams per day.
Jasmine tea is very soothing and relaxing and helps in inducing sleep and preventing insomnia and stress associated with menopause. Intake of jasmine tea helps in the release of the ‘feel good hormone’ serotonin into the body and this will give a feeling of well being all throughout menopause. Take jasmine tea 2-3 times a day.
The isoflavones in red clover helps deal with a number of menopause symptoms like mood swings and hot flashes. Red clover ointments can be used for massaging on the body or a tea, tincture, extract or capsule form can be favored for consumption, depending on your preference.
The herb motherwort is known to relieve instances of night sweats and sleeplessness in menopausal women. Take fifteen drops of the herb along with one glass of water to keep the symptoms under check. Motherwort helps in relaxing the heart and protects the heart cells, thereby decreasing the chances of heart attacks which women are prone to after menopause.
It also regulated hormone fluctuations in menopausal women and prevent night sweats and hot flashes as well. The sedative effect of the herb will also help deal with insomnia and depression.
Vaginal dryness is one of the most common and distressing symptoms associated with menopause. Most women resort to chemical lubricants for combating vaginal dryness. Aloe Vera is a great natural moisturizing agent for combating vaginal dryness.
The gel can be inserted directly into the vaginal canal as and when needed. Aloe keeps the vaginal skin moist and free from scratches and discomfort at the time of intercourse. It is best to use the fresh gel from the aloe stalk rather than get it from the market, which would have chemicals added to it as well.