Using herbs for menopause are becoming increasingly popular. In this article we examine some of the most important...
by Carrie North, a writer specializing in nutrition and health issues
Natural menopause treatments and products should pose none of the health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy.
Herbs, wild plants and other botanicals were our first medicines. Many of today's prescription drugs are synthetic versions of active components of these plants. However, synthetically created medicines often have side effects that are not associated with use of the natural counterpart.
Alternately medical therapies using plant estrogens and
can be used for controlling the pre and post menopausal symptoms. While
there is no conclusive evidence that these herbs work for everyone,
they do seem to help control the symptoms in a large number of patients
with almost no or minimal side effects.
Click on the links below to learn about some of the herbs commonly used by women to combat hot flashes, weight gain and erratic bleeding during irregular menstrual cycles:
Black Cohosh - botanically known as Cimicifuga racemosa and commonly known variedly as Black bugbane, black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, rattleroot, rattletop, rattleweed, and macrotys was used by Native Americans to treat painful periods and problems associated with the menopause.
- a perennial plant which is a native of North America famous for its
steroid-like saponin called diosgenin (the active component in wild
yams) which are capable of chemical conversion into progesterone under
Dong Quai - botanically known as
Angelica sinensisis a perennial herb, growing to a height of 3 to 7
feet and is found in countries such as UK, Lapland and Iceland and
flowers between June and August. As an herbal remedy it is prescribed
for relief from painful or irregular menstrual periods, abnormal
menstruation, suppressed menstrual flow menstrual cramps or uterine
bleeding, infertility, and symptoms associated with menopause.
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