Relieving Menopause the Natural Way
Many woman are looking at the benefits of using natural substances to relieve their menopausal symptoms. The natural products don’t carry the side effects of conventional hormone therapies like heart disease and some cancers. Natural remedies help relieve many different menopausal symptoms. If you are concerned about the side effects of conventional hormone therapies then maybe you should consider or talk with your doctor about some herbal treatments you can try.
Red Clover is affective in aiding bone loss, helps prevent some cancers as well as helps prevent heart disease. Menopausal women use red clover isoflavones to prevent and control hot flashes and night sweats. Red clover isoflavone can be purchased over the counter at most pharmacies or health stores.
Another well known natural therapy to relieve menopause symptoms is black cohosh. When black cohosh is combined with other naturals like ginsing and primrose oils a type of estrogen is formed. Adding additional estrogen to your body can lessen the menopausal symptoms without the potentially harsh side effects of some conventional HRT’s (Hormone Replacement Therapies).
In some conventional HRT’s, it is necessary for the estrogen to be metabolized and that goes for some natural treatments as well. Natural treatments like bifidus and lactobacillus acidophilous help metabolize estrogen while it also helps woman prevent yeast infections. Bifidus is a good bacteria found in the intestine.
Some woman will use vitamin supplements to help prevent their menopausal symptoms. Vitamin E prevents hot flashes and when taken with vitamin E absorption enhancers like calcium and magnesium it can also decrease capillary fragility.
There are also other natural treatments like bioidentical hormone treatments. These products are manufactured by some drug companies while others that are manufactured on a case by case basis are done so in what is called a compound pharmacy. Compound pharmacy products are not US FDA regulated. Bio identical, an identical hormone, to one’s own body produced hormone, made from natural plant extracts in a lab.
There haven’t been many test studies as to the effectiveness of natural treatments but advocates of these therapies claim they work as well as the conventional therapies without the side effects.
There are a few other treatments that can be helpful in treating menopause symptoms whether you use conventional or natural therapies. Exercising a few times a week not only helps prevent bone loss, it helps keep a healthy body overall. Watching what you eat is also important. Foods like red meats, foods containing caffeine, and carbonated drinks slow down the liver’s ability to process estrogen. Excessive sugar intake not only slows down the liver’s capability of metabolizing estrogen is also affects the immune system. Adding foods that contain oats, wheats, grains and soy are beneficial in preventing menopausal symptoms. Eating nuts like almonds and cashews help the liver metabolize estrogen. You can’t go wrong with adding additional fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet either.
We know that every individual woman experiences menopause and its symptoms in different ways. It is a very personal experience and should be discussed with your doctor before you decide which treatments are best for you. Some natural remedies may affect other conventional medications you may be taking so make sure you talk with your doctor.