Do menopause and herbal remedies go hand in hand? The symptoms of menopause can be hard to take. Thankfully, there are plenty of herbal remedies available to deal with the annoying symptoms of hot flashes, moodiness and fatigue often associated with this time of life. Below are 8 herbal remedies that are considered to be beneficial for menopausal symptoms.
1. Don Quai
Don quai (also known as Chinese Angelica) has a dilating affect on the blood vessels, which may be helpful in regulating body heat and controlling hot flashes. This herbs ability to improve blood flow makes it beneficial for symptoms of vaginal dryness. Don quai has a mild sedative affect and is used to treat the symptoms of emotional distress and mood swings often associated with menopause.
2. Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh has a history of use in Europe for the treatment of hot flashes and other distressing menopausal symptoms. It should not be taken for more than 6 months as there is concern that long term use may increase the risk of cancer.
3. Chaste Berry
Chaste Berry (Vitex) works on the pituitary gland to regulate the body’s hormones. It is thought to be helpful in treating symptoms of hot flashes, sweating, vaginal dryness and mild depression. Chaste berry is a slow acting herb. It may take several months of use before its benefits are apparent.
Women taking ginseng often report a reduction of the intensity and frequency of hot flashes. It has also been reported to have a beneficial affect on vaginal dryness. Ginseng may help with the symptoms of insomnia and fatigue often associated with menopause.
5. Maca Root
Maca root has been used for centuries in South America. It is considered an aphrodisiac. Maca does not contain plant estrogens. It is an adaptogen that works to balance the bodies own hormones. This is especially helpful in menopausal women. Those who use maca root report improvements with hot flashes, vaginal dryness, libido, memory loss and osteoporoses. Maca root is also a good source of many vitamins and minerals.
6. Mother Wart
Mother wart is thought to tone and regulate the organs of the endocrine system. It is used to treat hot flashes and has a calming effect on conditions of stress and anxiety.
7. Red Clover
Red clover contains phytoestrogens (natural plant estrogens) that can help supplement estrogen is the body and reduce menopausal symptoms. Studies have shown this herb to be beneficial in treating hot flashes and mood swings. Red clover has a high calcium content which makes it helpful to those dealing with osteoporoses.
8. Liquorish Root
Liquorish root has been used by the Chinese for over 3,000 years to treat menopausal symptoms. It has a diuretic affect on the body which makes it good for symptoms of bloating. It is also considered to be a good natural antidepressant.
Keep in mind that herbs can sometimes have undesirable as well as beneficial effects. It’s always a good idea to consult with a health care specialist before using any type of medicinal herbs.