Menopause is the stage of a woman’s reproductive life when her reproductive physiology tends to cease. This leads to a decrease in the major female hormones, viz. Estrogen and Progesterone.
Right from puberty to menopause, the female’s activities and metabolism are regulated by these major hormones.
Following menopause, a list of symptoms and clinical changes take place in a woman’s body.
The peri-menopause phase is the time leading to menopause. We assume it is menopause when ovulation is absent for 12 months.
This phase shows changes in women: both physically and mentally.
However, these can be tackled via various natural remedies, with lesser interference of modern medical drugs.
We will now be discussing the medical symptoms and the age-old remedies to tackle them.
Natural Remedies for Menopause
With menopause around the corner, women tend to forget small things like wallets or car keys. This could be a natural process of aging, but it increases in intensity.
1. Green Tea
Accompanied by minimal side effects, green tea boosts metabolism and immunity. It reduces the activity of the enzymes that damage memory.
2. Management of Stress and sleep
Stress leads to damaging memory; an adequate measure of managing stress can prevent negative effects.
Effective and regular sleep allows the mind to ease and cope-up with the challenges of day-to-day life.
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Exercise: Changing the level of estrogen leads to changes in the body’s metabolism. Performing regular brisk exercise can help boost metabolism and keep the body in shape.
Diet changes: Menopause is the correct time to ponder over dietary changes and consume fewer calories. Including more yogurt, oatmeals, soy, beans and lentils accompanied with an ample amount of water keeps your body well-nourished and hydrated.
Cholesterol management is required since postmenopausal women are at higher risk for cardiovascular ailments.
Soy Beans and Red Clover: Soy proteins reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) while Red Clover reduces Triglycerides, overall reducing the total cholesterol level and enhancing our good cholesterol.
Flax: With phytoestrogen, it reduces LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels.
Whole Grain Oats: It reduces total cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart problems.
Loss of sexual pleasure and leakiness of urine are two major complaints by women.
Vaginal Moisturizers and Lubricants:
Though not considered a natural remedy, the water-based lubricants and moisturizers do not cause allergies but make the vaginal wall thin to reduce pain and friction.
Vitamin E and Flaxseed Oil:
Taken orally or as ointments to apply locally, the combination relieves urinary and vaginal problems.
Containing phytoestrogen, it can work locally to relieve symptoms.
These help combat problems related to estrogen levels imbalance:
Red Clover: it has effects on endometrial and breast cancers in vitro.
Black Cohosh: A North American Flower, it relieves hot flushes, PMS, and amenorrhea.
Licorice: A soothing anti-inflammatory, supporting herb, it can cure menopausal symptoms. However, it shouldn’t be taken for a very long time since it can cause a variation in blood pressure.
Progesterone mimicking herbs
These herbs mimic progesterone
Chaste Tree Berry: Contraindicated in pregnancy, it helps in dealing with anxiety, which accompanies PMS.
It increases the progesterone levels in the body, strongly influences endocrine organs, and strikes a balance.
Lemon Balm and chamomile
It helps in increasing focus and confidence; it relieves stress, panic, and restlessness.
Oats, in combination with Lavender and nettle:
This is highly effective during exhaustion or times of intense, sad emotions ( weeping-like). They are also good for hot flashes and anger reduction in a perimenopausal woman.
For women experiencing night-time sleep problems due to anger or emotional imbalance, herbs like chamomile, rose, ashwagandha and lavenders can be used for relief. They reduce brain overdrive and overthinking, allowing sleep to set in.
With aging, the liver’s ability to metabolize the hormones and the waste reduces. So, using herbs like Dandelion roots, milk thistle, and motherwort can be used.
Yarrow was used previously; however, it leads to a tiny increase in the body’s temperature.