Natural Treatments for Menopause Symptoms
The majority of women (up to 70%) going through menopause will experience symptoms, including mood swings, weight gain, anxiety, depression, hot flashes, low libido, sleep disturbances, memory problems, night sweats and vaginal dryness. Natural treatments for menopause, like the ones listed below, can be very effective in relieving these symptoms.
Homeopathy: When prescribed by a trained homeopathic expert, homeopathic remedies can help stabilize moods, increase restful sleep, decrease intensity and frequency of night sweats and hot flashes, increase libido, help with fatigue headaches, digestion, and memory. Homeopathic medicines are gentle and cause no side effects. They don’t mask symptoms, but rather help rebalance your system and hormones for good.
Diet: Eating a healthy, whole food, anti-inflammatory diet is important. Phytoestrogens such as legumes (soybeans, chickpeas) and lignans (flaxseeds) can help with the symptoms of menopause. Phytoestrogens are structurally similar to estrogen, and they weakly bind to estrogen receptors. Eating a diet high in phytoestrogens may reduce the severity and frequency of night sweats.
Supplements: Herbs such as Black cohosh and Red Clover have been found in numerous studies to decrease symptoms, especially hot flashes.
Other herbs which have also been found to be effective are Dong Quai, Ginseng, Licorice, and Wild Yam.
Vitamin supplements which can be used to treat symptoms of menopause include Bioflavinoids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and Evening Primrose Oil. Adrenal support can also be helpful in supporting the adrenals to make sex hormones that the ovaries can no longer make.
Finally, Bio-identical hormones, which are biochemically identical to the hormones that are naturally in the body, can also be used to treat some symptoms of menopause.
About the Author: Dedicated to naturopathic medicine, Dr. Natalie Ham is particularly focused on women’s health. As one of the most highly trained homeopaths in the country, Dr. Ham provides a high level of individualized care to her patients. In addition to her practice at Arizona Natural Health Center, Dr. Ham also teaches Homeopathy at SCNM and is an attending physician at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center, in Tempe, Arizona.