It is estimated that three million people in the United Kingdom have osteoporosis. The disease effects one in three women, and at least one in twelve men. Every three minutes someone has a fracture as a result of this disease. Osteoporosis is a gradual decrease in bone density that leads to weakness in bone structure. Far from being just the framework for your body, bone is a dynamic living tissue that is constantly changing.
With age bone tend to lose an excessive amount of protein and minerals. Over time, this lead to osteoporosis, literally porous bone, a condition of low bone mass and density. People with osteoporosis are susceptible to broken bones and fractures, including severely painful fracture of the vertebrae. Fracture of the spine are most common, but any weak bone can break. Hip fracture are dangerous debilitating, and recovery is often long uncertain.
A women is most likely to lose bone, and lose it most rapidly, in the first five to nine years after menopause. By taking early measures to build bone mass, even people with significant risk factor- male or female- can minimize the effect of ageing on their bones.
Some herbs whose regular use can definitely prevent you from this aging disease are.
Herbal remedies for osteoporosis
- Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Herbalist call this plant nature’s multivitamin pill because it contains iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and good quality protein. The leaves do sting, but drying or cooking removes the stinging compound from their fine hairs. Nettles are often recommended in case of anemia, which can also be a problem for older women. Typical dosages up to 500 milligram capsules of dried leaf product per day; up to 3 cups of tea per day daily.
- Horsetail (equistem hyemale)
This traditional diuretic has long been thought to help the body process calcium. It’s also nature’s sources of silica a compound that help strengthen bones, nails and hair. Standardized horsetail product- certified to contain a certain amount of silica acid, the natural, organic form of silica- are available in capsules form.
- Red Clover(Trifolium pratense)
Commonly grown as cattle fodder, this red-blossomed clover contains compound called isoflavones that acts as a mild form of estrogen. Isoflavones have been getting a lot of notice lately for their ability to help combat symptoms of perimenopause and early menopause: red clover is the richest herbal sources of these compounds.
- Alfalfa(Medicago sativa)
Another herb that might seem to offer more benefits to livestocks than to people, alfalfa has actually been used for decades as an appetite booster, an aid in the absorption of nutrients and a general vitality builder. Alfalfa is rich in vitamin and mineral and, like nettle, is considered a blood builder.
- Siberian gingsen (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
This herb is one of the most commonly used general tonics or overall health booster, available. It helps many body systems function and respond to stress. So why use it for osteoporosis? One of the best lifestyle changes a women at risk for osteoporosis can make is it to exercise more. It helps to increase alertness, which may help prevent falls and other mishaps.
Prepared: by Dr. Shivani Amola