Menopause: How effective are the herbal remedies?

Any authentic discussion on herbal remedies for menopause need to start with a line of caution which reads thus: ‘consult your health care provider before sticking on to a particular menopausal herbal remedy’. Most of these remedies will have to be taken regularly and do not come under medical insurance provision. Moreover, some of the herbal remedies might interfere adversely with drugs taken as part of some other mode of medication. It is based on ginseng, black cohosh, dong quai, and evening primrose that most of the herbal treatments are done. Herbal remedies are increasingly used to treat menopausal irregularities such as hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, vaginal dryness, urinary tract problems and depression.

However, certain natural tips are found to alleviate menopausal disturbances to a considerable extent. It is advisable for women nearing their menopause to include more soy and soy products in their diets. Since soy is rich in phytoestrogens which are plant-based compounds with estrogenic capacities, they produce almost the same effect in the body as that is done by hormone replacement therapies. But their long-term consequences are yet to be fully researched. Soy protein is also rich in isoflavone, the plant oestrogen. These are found to be extremely helpful in minimising hot flushes and night sweats which are the most common symptoms of menopause. Isoflavone is also good for bones. However, too much intake of soybeans may turn out to be harmful. In the busy world of today, more and more women rely on hormone replacement therapies rather than the time-consuming herbal treatment to tackle menopausal symptoms.

After all, menopause is a natural phase of a woman’s life and we do not have to treat it as an illness or disease. In most cases, diet alterations and regular exercises are enough to tackle the transition phase effectively.

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