Natural Treatments for Menopause

Natural Treatments for MenopauseMenopause is a natural time in every woman’s life where menstruation stops. Because of these hormone changes, a woman can no longer become pregnant. The majority of women (up to 70%) will experience symptoms during this transition period including: mood swings, anxiety, depression, hot flashes, low libido, sleep disturbances, palpitations, memory problems, digestive disturbances, night sweats, skin flushing, headaches, vaginal dryness (which can lead to painful sex, urine leakage and an increase in vaginal infections), weight changes and food cravings. The intensity of symptoms fluctuates in different women and can last from months to years. Fortunately, there are very effective, natural treatments for menopause.

Natural Treatments for Menopause

Homeopathy provides effective and gentle treatment for women suffering from menopausal symptoms, without harmful side effects.  Homeopathy improves health by gently promoting the body’s innate capacity to heal and restore balance.

Homeopathic remedies can help stabilize moods, increase restful sleep, decrease intensity and frequency of night sweats and hot flashes, increase libido, help with fatigue headaches, digestion, and memory. Homeopathic medicines are gentle and cause no side effects.  They also will not interact with any medications or hormones you are on. It works on a very deep level, and does not just mask your symptoms, but helps rebalance your system and hormones for good.  Because homeopathy is holistic in nature, if you are suffering from other chronic problems, such as allergies, migraines, anxiety, depression or fatigue, these issues can also be helped with homeopathic treatment.

There are additional natural treatments for menopause: Eating a healthy, whole food, anti-inflammatory diet lays the groundwork for additional therapies. Phytoestrogens such as legumes (soybeans, chickpeas) and lignans (flaxseeds) can help with symptoms of menopause.  Phytoestrogens are structurally similar to estrogen, and they weakly binds to estrogen receptors.  Eating a diet high in phytoestrogens may reduce the severity and frequency of night sweats. (1)  Regular exercise is also helpful in decreasing hot flashes in menopausal women.

Supplemental therapies may also help with the severity of menopausal symptoms.  Herbs such as Black cohosh and Red Clover have been found in numerous studies to decrease symptoms, especially hot flashes. (2,3,4)  Other herbs which have been found to be effective are Dong Quai, Ginseng, Licorice, and Wild Yam.  Vitamin supplements which can be used to treat symptoms of menopause include Bioflavinoids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and Evening Primrose Oil.  Adrenal support can also be helpful in supporting the adrenals to make remaining sex hormones that the ovaries can no longer make. Finally, Bio-identical hormones, which are biochemically identical to the hormone that are naturally in the body, can also be used to treat some symptoms of menopause. (Not to be confused with non-bio-identical or synthetic hormones like Premarin, which have a different chemical makeup from the hormones produced by the body.)

  1. Faure ED et al., Menopause 2002;9:329-334.
  2. Jeri 9th Int’l Menopause Society 1999
  3. Nachtigall et al. 81st Annual meeting of Endocrine Soc 1999 Van De Weijer et al. Maturitas 2002;42
  4. Maturitas. 2003 Mar 14;44 Suppl 1:S67-77

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Dr. Natalie Ham

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