Menopause marks the end of a woman's childbearing years. It is the time when she stops getting periods, and for many women that is a good thing. Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. The process can take years from beginning to end and there are unpleasant symptoms, but you can get natural remedies to help with menopause symptoms.
Every woman is different and will go through menopause at different ages, for different lengths of time and with different levels of discomfort.
If you are one of the unlucky ones who has fairly severe symptoms and / or they last a long time, you may be able to use natural remedies to help with menopause.
There are many possible symptoms of menopause and not every woman will have every one of them, and the ones you do get may not be severe, but for each symptom of menopause, there are some herbal remedies that may offer some relief.
Here is a list of some of the most common menopausal symptoms and the herbal remedies that are commonly used to treat them.
Before you start taking any supplements of any kind, though, make sure you discuss possible interactions you may have with your doctor.
Even all natural herbal remedies can have dangerous side effects and interactions with other over the counter or prescribed medications. Make sure you ask first.
OK, as promised, here they are:
1. Hot flashes. This is one of the most well known of menopause symptoms and it can run the range of being a mild annoyance to so severe that you can't even function.
It's about much more than just getting hot. It's about feeling like you have a high fever along with sweating, headaches and nausea.
Two of the most common herbal treatments for hot flashes are Black Cohosh and Red Clover.
There are many women who swear by one or the other of these herbs to cut back on the frequency or severity of their hot flashes.
Whether or not you will get relief remains to be seen but as long as you won't have any interactions with your other medications, you might as well give it a try to find out for sure.
2. Anxiety and insomnia are also very common side effects of menopause. There are two popular herbal treatments for these symptoms: Ginseng and Kava.
Both have shown to be helpful with anxiety and mood swings during menopause, but Ginseng has also been shown to help with sleeplessness.
3. Other things that may provide relief for one or more symptoms of menopause, or at least maintain your overall health during this period are: Vitamins A, D and B complex, Calcium, Evening Primrose Oil, Wild Yam, Licorice and St. Johns Wort.
Also staying healthy by eating right drinking plenty of water and staying active can also help keep your body healthy during this challenging time in your life.
Even though these remedies are all natural that doesn't necessarily mean that they don't have any side effects. Always talk to your doctor first before you start using any natural remedies to help with menopause.