Women’s reactions to menopause vary widely. Some enjoy the change, while others suffer from problems like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, heart palpitations, and mood swings, often for years. Women who don’t take their estrogen pills ( Western medicine implies) may lose their femininity. Luckily many women instinctively know better and studies have proved that there are extreme health risks with synthetic hormone replacement. To these wise women, menopause is a time of freedom from the menstrual cycle and the onset of wisdom and power. And it‘s no coincidence that these women, who refuse to view themselves as “diseased,” experience far fewer (and sometimes none) of the problems usually associated with this change of life.
Menopause is a good example of conventional medicine`s focus on disease rather than on health and wellness. A natural state (that is; the end of menstruation) is considered by many conventional doctors as a disease that must be treated with medication
Natural treatment for Menopause with diet
A healthy and positive attitude along with diet and lifestyle changes is one of the best natural treatment for menopause. lf you begin to incorporate these suggestions into your diet at the onset of perimenopause, you will likely experience far fewer problems when menopause begins in earnest.
Recommended food to treat menopause
Eat a diet loaded with plant foods especially whole grains, legumes, fresh vegetables, and fruits. These contain phytosterols, naturally occurring nutrients that have a hormone-balancing effect. You’ll also get the fiber you need to keep your heart healthy and the nutrients that will encourage a strong, vibrant response to menopause.
Japanese women have significantly fewer problems during menopause, thanks to their consumption of soybeans, tofu, miso and flaxseeds, all of which are excellent sources of phytoestrogens. Add these to your diet, unless you have a soy allergy.
- Essential fatty acids protect the heart and promote smooth, radiant skin. Good sources are cold water fish like salmon, cod, and tuna, as well as flaxseeds.
- Vitamin-E regulates estrogen production. Make sure to include cold-pressed nut and seed oils in your diet, perhaps as a dressing for a green salad.
- Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds daily. They contain lignans, which are phytonutrients that have estrogen-balancing properties and that lower cholesterol. Take each serving with 10 ounces of water.
- Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. You’ll flush out toxins and replace fluid you may have lost during hot flashes.
Food to avoid during menopause
To protect yourself against heart disease, reduce red meat and other sources of saturated fat from your diet. Eat hormone free animal products to avoid a hormone imbalance.
Carbonated drinks also deplete calcium from your body, so you should avoid them. Caffeine and alcohol aggravate hot flashes, so eliminate them from your diet.
Keep your system clear of artery-clogging toxins by doing a three-day juice fast once every three months. Regular fasting is especially beneficial for women on hormone replacement therapy, whose livers may be taxed with extra waste.
Natural herbal supplements
Black cohosh, Take 80 mg one to two times daily. This herb has been shown in numerous studies to alleviate a multitude of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes.
Natural progesterone cream, Perimenopausal women should apply teaspoon [20 mg) to the skin on the inside of their wrists and forearms one to two times daily, from days 14 to 25 of the menstrual cycle or as directed by their health-care practitioner. Menopausal women should apply teaspoon (20 mg) to the skin on the inside of their wrists and forearms two times daily, three to four weeks of the month or as directed by their health-care practitioner`
Postmenopausal women should apply 1/8 teaspoon (10 mg) to the skin on the inside of their wrists and forearms once daily, three weeks of the month.
Natural progesterone alleviates a multitude of menopausal symptoms and may help bone density.
Take 160 to 240 mg of an 0.6 percent aucubin extract daily. Vitex relieves hot flashes and prevents a heavy menses for perimenopausal women. Do not use it if you are taking the birth control pills.
Take 600 to 1,200 mg daily. This herb supports adrenal function, improves energy, relaxes the nervous system, and has a cooling effect.
Take 250 mg two to three times daily. Hops reduces anxiety and tension and has mild hormone balancing properties.
Rehmania (Rehmania glutinosa)
Take 25 to 100 mg daily. This Chinese herb has a cooling effect and reduces hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitation, and other common menopause symptoms.
Soy protein powder (preferably fermented)
Take up to 60 grams a day, as studies show that it reduces hot flashes. Do not use it if you have a soy allergy.
A study involving 131 doctors and 629 female patients revealed that black Cohosh alleviated several menopausal symptoms in 80 percent of women within six to eight weeks. Symptoms that were improved included hot flashes, headaches, vertigo, heart palpitations, nervousness, ringing in the ears, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Another study of 80 women going through menopause found that black Cohosh had the best results in alleviating symptoms, as compared to a placebo.
- DHEA supports memory, libido, and mood, if your level of DHEA is low, take 5 to 15 mg as a starting dosage, under the guidance of your doctor.
- Pregnenolone is a precursor hormone to make estrogen and progesterone. Take 30 mg twice daily, under the guidance of your doctor.
- Adrenal glandular extract supports the hormone-producing adrenal glands. Take 1 to 2 capsules twice daily on an empty stomach.
- For memory and concentration problems, take Gingko biloba. lt increases blood flow to the brain. Take 120 to 240 mg daily of an extract standardized to 24 percent flavone glycosides.
- Hormone-replacement therapy puts a great on the liver. If you choose to take this medication, detoxify with milk thistle (silybum marianum). Find a formula that’s standardized to 70 to 80 percent silymarin content, and take 250 mg twice a day.
- Saint-John`s-wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been shown to fight depression that comes on with menopause. Take 900 mg daily of a 0.3 percent hypericin extract.
- lf you have heart palpitations, take motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) at a dosage of 200 mg or 2 ml three times daily.
- Sage (Salvia officinalis) helps control the sweating associated with hot flashes. Take a daily dose of 4 to 6 grams.
- Red clover (Trifolium pratense) has been shown in some studies to reduce the symptoms of menopause. Take 40 mg one to two times daily.
- If’ you need to unwind and destress, find a quiet moment to drink a cup of tea made from chamomile, peppermint, or passion flower. Each of these herbs is relaxing and calming.
- Vitamin E-complex may help reduce the symptoms of’ menopause. Take 800 to 1,200 IU daily. Do not use this high of a dosage if you`rc on blood-thinning medications.
- For mild vaginal dryness, use a lubricant from your health food store or pharmacy. For severe vaginal dryness, have your doctor prescribe vaginal estriol cream. lnsert 1 gram nightly, containing 0.5 mg, for two weeks and then as needed.
- A high-potency multivitamin provides a base of vitamins and minerals for overall health.
- Take a daily total of 1.000 mg of calcium and 500 mg of magnesium, or a bone formula for bone health.
- For a more powerful relaxing effect, especially if you need to sleep, drink valerian tea.
Homeopathy treatment for menopause
Pick the remedy that best matches your symptoms in this section. Take a 6x, 12x, 6C, 12C or 30C potency twice daily for two weeks to see if there are any positive results. After you notice improvement, stop taking the remedy, unless symptoms return. Consultation with a homeopathic practitioner is advised.
Belladonna (Atropa belladonna) is a remedy for sudden hot flashes that cause a flushing of the face. Throbbing symptoms may occur in the head or other areas of the body` accompanied by heat. Heart palpitations, restlessness, and right-sided headaches are common symptoms.
Calcarea Carbonica will help menopausal symptoms such as night sweats, heavy flow, and hot flashes even though the woman is chilly. There is a sense of anxiety, fatigue, and a feeling of being overwhelmed. Women may also experience leg cramps and crave both eggs and sweets. There is weight gain with the menopausal transition.
Lachesis will ease a variety of menopausal complaints, including hot flashes, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, memory problems, and lack of concentration. lt is a specific remedy for heart palpitations that are worse from lying on the left side. The woman is often very talkative and may have strong emotions such as jealousy, suspiciousness, or anger. Tight clothing around the neck is avoided. The libido increases with menopause.
Geranium and rose oils have a gentle balancing effect on hormone levels. They have the additional benefit of reducing stress. Add these oils to a bath or use them in a massage.
lf you want to lift your spirits, you can try several oils. Bergamot, rose, jasmine are some of the best: use them in any preparation you like.
Patchouli and ylang ylang instill a sense of calmness, while arousing sexual desire. Try a few drops in the bathroom or a room diffuser, or use in a massage.
Add chamomile to a lotion, and apply to dry skin for a softening, smoothing effect.
General Stress-Reduction Therapies
For some women, menopause is difficult. Walking has been shown in studies to alleviate hot flashes.
Bach Flower Remedies
Select the appropriate remedy and place 10 drops of the liquid under your tongue. Hold the drops in place for thirty seconds and swallow. Use as often as needed.
Walnut is the remedy for anxiety about a new phase of life. Take it if you need help adjusting to thc transition. If menopause brings on specllìc fears– of aging or loss, for example–Mimulus will help.
lf your fear is more general, one that you can‘t exactly name, take Aspen.
Mustard will relieve sadness that seems to have no obvious cause.
Remember that one year without a single period must pass before menopause can officially be declared. If a full year has not passed since your last cycle, it`s possible that you could still get pregnant. Take appropriate precautions.
Don’t smoke. Smoking is linked to premature menopause, as well as to heart disease.
Regular exercise improves general health,`as well as many symptoms of menopause. Non-impact workouts like swimming and cycling are good for your cardiovascular system, but to prevent bone loss need to include weight-bearing exercise as well. Walking is one of the best all-over conditioners, and weight lifting has been shown to increase bone density and vitality’ even for people in their nineties.
Acupuncture can be helpful for alleviating a variety of menopausal symptoms, as can Chinese herbal therapy. See a qualified practitioner.