Menopause is a condition which every women experience in its later stage of life or after 35-40 years. The term menopause is used when regular cyclic bleeding (menses) of a women tend to stop or cease.
Menopause occurs when the ovaries production of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone greatly decrease. This dwindling hormone supply can occur suddenly or it can take several months. Although it can cause a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, there are something it does not do: it does not redistribute fat, contribute to a loss of muscles tone or cause wrinkle to appear.
The fluctuation of estrogen level is characterized by some common symptom which are:
Erratic periods, both in term of length and amount of flow, breast tenderness, headache, food craving, irritability, forgetfulness and mood swings.
Whatever be the symptoms, the important thing is to anticipate menopause as a natural event and prepare for it. Exercise and proper nutrition can ease the passage through the menopausal years, diminishing many symptoms to the point where drug are unnecessary.
Several herbs have ability to build oestrogen molecules when the hormone is running low then its normal range where as other herbs help ease or even eliminate hot flushes, the anxiety and depression that may accompany menopause, and some other symptoms associated with hormone fluctuation and dysfunction.
Herbal remedies for menopausal syndrome
- Black cohosh (cimicifugaracemosa)
Studies have confirmed that black cohosh root can mimic oestrogen in the body. It also possesses antispasmodic and diuretic properties. It isbeneficial for hot flushes, mental depression associated with menopause, mood swing and vaginal dryness. Typical dosages 2000- 3000 milligram capsules
- Dang gui (angelica sinesis)
Menopause comes with somany unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause this herbs help to fight out those symptoms. This Ayurvedic medicines is as widely used for treating gynecological ailments. Dang gui acts as a phytoestrogen- in other words, it has similar effects on the body to actual oestrogen. Dang gui is traditional believed to have pain relieving properties, but this is probably due, in parts to its ability to calm spasms. It also boosts elimination and supports the cardiovascular system, valuable action for women in menopause.
Typical dosages: up to 6000-8000 milligram capsules per day.
- Agnus Castus (vitex agnus)
Compounds in the berries act on the pituitary gland to stabilize hormone fluctuations. Clinicallyevidence bears out the use of agnus castus in treating menopausal symptoms. Typical dosages: 200 milligrams of products standardized to 0.5 percent agnuside.
This herb is mostly used for various discomfort during child birth and pregnancy, raspberry also strengthens the uterus, stops hemorrhage, decreases excess menstrual flow and increase deficient flow. It also relieves painful menstruation by relaxing the smooth muscles.
Typical dosages- 1 to 2 cups of tea per day.
- Saw palmetto (serenoarepens)
This shrub yields berries that were used for hundreds of years. Today saw palmetto has been scientifically and clinically proven effective for both prostate condition in men and hormonal condition in women.
Typical dosages-320 milligram of capsules.
Prepared: by Dr. Shivani Amola