Menopause can cause a number of mild to severe symptoms
such as mood disturbances, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances
and hot flashes. Yet many people don`t realize that
these symptoms are a result of a physical imbalance.
Herbs, along with plenty of exercise and a healthy diet
can bring the body into balance and ease the symptoms
durng this time of life. Here are 4 herbs that can effectively
alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Black cohosh grows in Eastern North America. It contains
phytochemicals that have been shown to help with menopause.
It is believed that Black cohosh may contain phytoestrogens
that work very much like natural estrogen. Black cohosh
may work directly on the hypothalamus, which is located
at the base of the brain and regulates body temperature,
hormone production, and other functions associated with
Black cohosh can relieve symptoms including night sweats,
flashes, anxiety, and depression. In a recent study,
80% of women taking a black
cohosh supplement experienced an improvement in
their hot flashes, sweating, and heart palpitations.
Dong quai, also known as Chinese Angelica, is a Chinese
herb and is one of the most well known herbs for treating
the symptoms of menopause. Dong quai contains phytoestrogens
that bind to the estrogen receptors in our body, increasing
the levels of estrogen. Benefits include a reduction
in hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, and vaginal dryness.
In clinical studies, women taking dong quai reported
a 25% decrease in the severity of their symptoms.
Maca comes from South America, and has been used for
centuries to treat menopause and other sexual health
complaints. It helps to balance out estrogen and progesterone,
as well as other hormones to relieve symptoms and promote
optimum health. It is known to be highly effective at
reducing hot flashes and vaginal dryness. It can also
drive that was lost during menopause, boost memory
and decrease the effects of osteoporosis.
Red clover grows naturally in Europe and Asia. It is
well known as a powerful herb for all menopausal symptoms.
Red clover is one of the primary sources of phytoestrogens,
which are plant estrogens that mimic the female sex
hormone. These phytoestrogens help to increase the levels
of estrogen in the body, thus relieving menopausal symptoms.
Studies on red
clover have verified that it does reduce menopause
symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings. In a recent
study in the Netherlands, women taking a red clover
reported a 44% decrease in their hot flashes over 8
weeks. Red clover is also believed to fight osteoporosis,
and increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein,
or "good" cholesterol, in the bloodstream. This has
been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease in