Herbal help for the Menopause
Are you going through the menopause? Hot flushes and night sweats are the most common symptoms. But a lot can happen from the first to the last sign of the menopausal journey. I know, I have been there and gone through a wide range of symptoms from beginning to end.
Some women will experience one symptom, and sail through. Others, like me will experience pretty much all of them at some point or other. Anxiety, low mood, irritability, heart palpitations, low libido, sleep problems, vaginal dryness, sluggish memory, or changes in bowel habits are all associated with the menopause.
Changes in the menstrual cycle is an early indicator, you can have extremely heavy periods for a couple of cycles, then you can have no period for a while only to have them back again for a couple of months.
There is a huge amount of supplements to choose from to help you through this stage of life. Bear in mind that as your symptoms change so too will your choice of supplements.
If hot flushes or night sweats are your only symptom then Sage is the first one to try. A.Vogel Menosan is the most popular brand and works well for many women.
NHP Meno Herbal Support contains a mix of ingredients including phytoestrogens, (plant based oestrogens), Sage, Red Clover, and Soya to support oestrogen levels. This is a good choice when you have many symptoms including hot flushes or night sweats, anxiety, irritability, low mood, or low libido. It also contains essential omega oils from flax oil, and dandelion to help the liver.
Solo Wellbeing for Women combines herbs and vitamins. It will help ease hot flushes and night sweats, improve mood and energy, and help ease anxiety. It may help with heart palpitations associated with anxiety. The vitamins help support thyroid function, and can reduce stress.
Terra Nova Dong Quai is a herb traditionally used for female health at any stage of the menstrual cycle. It regulates hormones, reducing the frequency and intensity of hot flushes, and night sweats. It also contains Soya, often used to regulate hormones during the menopause.
In general, herbal formulas that contain Red Clover, Soya, Dong Quai or Sage will be of benefit to you. There are lots of options to choose from, feel free to give me a call for more advice.