Menopause is a period of transition and metamorphosis for women created by changing hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone.
While not all women experience a total myriad of symptoms that come with that time in their lives, for those who do, natural menopause treatment can help curtail the misery some women feel as they enter into their senior years.
Forty percent or more of women experience significant symptoms according to research. As the body rebalances itself for the post-childbearing years, symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bleeding, irritability, moodiness and depression can appear.
More and more women are turning to natural alternative treatments – such as, herbs, supplements and food – to treat the symptoms they experience.
Calcium intake, during and after menopause, must be high to maintain optimal bone health and ward off osteoporosis. Calcium supplements work well and are recommended.
There are also plants that contain calcium and other minerals that help maintain healthy, flexible bones. Bones are made of a dozen minerals besides calcium (potassium, manganese, magnesium, silica, iron, zinc, selenium, boron, phosphorus, sulphur, and chromium).
There are many calcium/mineral-rich plants to choose from, such as sage, peppermint, lemon balm, bergamot, rosemary, and thyme; cooked or fresh greens like dandelion, parsley, watercress, kale, collards, and cabbage and the roots of yellow dock, dandelion, chicory, and burdock.
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Seaweeds such as kelp, dulse, and nori, used daily as condiments, and seaweed such as wakame, hijiki, arame, and Kombu once a week, cooked with carrots or in a soup can help keep hair shiny, skin sleek, eyes bright and energy high.
Black Cohosh contains a plant-based estrogen that helps regulate hormones, offering relief to a wide range of women with menopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, itching, moodiness, depression and hot flashes.
Vitex is a supreme hormonal tonic for women. Both extensive clinical studies, as well as over two thousand years of use in folk medicine, have proven its effectiveness in stimulating and normalizing the pituitary gland, which regulates the balance of estrogen and progesterone in the body.
Phytoestrogens contain plant-based estrogens called isoflavones that provide natural relief for women with menopause symptoms. They are found in a variety of foods such as sesame and flax seeds, red clover tea and soy.
Although unfermented soy products are not recommended, fermented soy products such as tempeh, miso and natto contain high amounts of phytoestrogens, which help balance hormones during and after menopause. Be sure to only consume organic products that contain no GMO soy.
Flax seeds and flax seed oil are highly touted as great estrogenic foods for natural menopause treatment. They are high in isoflavones, lignans and alpha-linoleic acid, which is converted during digestion to omega-3 fatty acids. Adding daily flax seed to the diet can help relieve a wide range of symptoms.
At The Healthy Choice Compounding Pharmacy, we have supplements containing herbs and minerals specifically targeted for women’s health and well-being as well as Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Call or stop by to speak to us about how we can help you maintain balance through the menopausal years and beyond.