I think we are all well aware, these days, of the potential harm that such treatments can cause. HRT has potential links with cancers, and conventional treatments do cause a whole host of unpleasant side effects, in any case.
Natural health remedies can be a very effective alternative. And are a much safer alternative too, considering that the average amount of time it takes to go through the menopause is 2 to 3 years.
Many natural remedies for menopause do work on the same principle as conventional treatments -- that is, balancing the levels of hormones in the body. This then soothes and relieves the hormone-related symptoms.
Some natural treatments for menopause, such as Black Cohosh, Dang Gui and Soya, contain substances called ‘phyto-estrogens'. These are substances that work in a similar way to estrogen in the body -- and can be used to ‘replace' or ‘mimic' the missing hormone.
Soya is a very good food to include in the diet, for peri-menopausal and menopausal women. Try one or two small helpings of: tofu, soya beans, soya milk products, tempeh or miso, per day.
Other herbal treatments for menopause work to balance or manage hormone levels in the body -- some of the best to try are Agnus Castus, Siberian Ginseng, Liquorice and Saw Palmetto.
Raspberry Leaves (usually taken as tea) is a very useful treatment for menopause, that works directly on toning and strengthening the womb, and the reproductive system.
As well as these herbal remedies for menopause, you might be surprised by how much benefit you can get just by changing your diet and lifestyle.
Studies have shown that if you don't do a regular amount of moderate exercise, you are twice as likely to suffer from menopause symptoms! So take a stroll in your local park this lunchtime -- you will feel the benefits in many ways . . . !
A general healthy diet, full of fresh fruit and veg, with plenty of whole grains, will also do a great deal to reduce or relieve menopausal symptoms. Avoid all the usual unhealthy suspects, such as fatty, fried foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates, cigarettes and alcohol. Instead choose from an array of foods said to be very beneficial for menopause symptoms such as ‘cruciferous vegetables': broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts.
Above all, take time out to relax and enjoy yourself. You might be very surprised at the health benefits that such a simple step can have! It is best to choose the relaxation remedy that seems to work best for you, as an individual.
This could be anything from yoga, meditation, art, music, a stroll in the park, hypnotherapy, acupuncture or a massage. Just choose the one that works for you.
Menopause appears to be quite a daunting time for some women but it doesn't have to be! Natural herbs for menopause can take away troubling symptoms, and allow women to experience the menopause as a whole new lifestyle and opportunity opening up before them.
Take a little time and care, looking after your body, and it will look after you. Let the menopause give you a new lease of life.
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